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."
"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.
"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
"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 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.
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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Arena: Pepsi Center Location: Denver, Colorado
Referees: Don Koharski, Tim Peel Linesmen: Don Henderson, Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 18,007 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Zigmund Palffy (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov
Dustin Brown (1)
Assists: Mike Cammalleri, Zigmund Palffy