Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
Game 3: Thursday, January 29th
Game 4: Monday, March 29th

Kings 2

(10-7-1, 22 pts)

Avalanche 0

(12-6-1, 26 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
LA 0 2 02
COL 0 0 00

Z. Palffy (Kings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Huet (Kings - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Cammalleri (Kings - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Palffy, Brown score for Kings

DENVER (AP) -- Ziggy Palffy took one for the team, but not before scoring the winning goal.

Palffy and Dustin Brown scored second-period goals, Cristobal Huet made 21 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings ended the Colorado Avalanche's three-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory Saturday night.

Palffy sported an ice pack on his swollen right cheekbone after being hit by a puck while sitting on the bench late in the third period.

Coach Andy Murray said it was just a bruise, although Palffy thought he might have broken a tooth.

"I wish it would have hit me or somebody else, rather than Ziggy," Murray said.

Palffy also had an assist, and Michael Cammalleri had two assists.

Huet, making his third start of the season, posted his second shutout and the third of his career.

"It was very important for us to come here and play hard against these guys," Huet said. "We have a lot of respect for those players. Tonight, I think we played better and we deserved the win. Our defense shut them down pretty well."

Murray agreed.

"We played solid, and I'd have to say it was a great game for us," he said. "You only beat great teams when you play great. Chris was outstanding. He hasn't played in about three weeks, and I felt he deserved to play."

Asked how his team limited the usually prolific Avalanche's scoring opportunities, Murray said, "I don't know. My heart was in my throat every time they got the puck."

Colorado was shut out for the first time since Nov. 30, 2002, at Edmonton. It was the Avalanche's first shutout loss at home since March 23, 2002, against Detroit.

Colorado's David Aebischer had 23 saves.

The Avalanche, already missing top forwards Peter Forsberg (pulled abdominal muscle) and Paul Kariya (sprained right wrist), lost center Andrei Nikolishin to a knee injury in the second period.

Colorado is 7-1-1-1 in its last 10 games.

"We didn't play well enough to win," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "They played very well defensively, and we didn't generate scoring chances."

Referring to Nikolishin's injury, Granato said, "We'll know more (Sunday). He left the game, so it was significant enough that he couldn't play the remaining period and a half."

Los Angeles, playing a tight checking game, outshot Colorado 10-7 in a scoreless first period.

Palffy scored a power-play goal at 7:42 of the second period. He took a pass from Cammalleri behind the goal and skated out front, where he beat Aebischer. Moments earlier, Colorado had a three-on-one break in a short-handed situation but couldn't get off a shot.

"It was very important for us to score the goal on a power play," Palffy said. "We just kept going and going and didn't sit back. We played good hockey."

At 14:13, following a faceoff in the Colorado end, Cammalleri passed to Brown just right of the crease, and the rookie scored his first NHL goal.

Colorado didn't get a shot on goal until almost eight minutes had expired in the third period.

Huet had a nice stop on a shot by Teemu Selanne midway through the period.

The Kings' Aaron Miller was assessed a double minor for high sticking at 16:25, but Colorado, which pulled Aebischer with 1:30 left for an extra attacker, couldn't convert.

Game notes

The Kings lost in Dallas 3-1 Friday night. ... Forsberg missed his sixth straight game and ninth out of 11. ... Kings G Roman Cechmanek started the previous 11 games. ... Palffy has four goals and 10 assists in his last 10 games. ... Aebischer had won his previous six decisions.

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