LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings' special teams had to
be at their best to compete with one of the NHL's special teams.
Derek Armstrong scored the tying goal with 3:15 left in the
third period, and the Kings got power-play goals from Alexander
Frolov and rookie Scott Barney against the league's best
penalty-killing unit in a 3-3 tie with the Colorado Avalanche on
"It was a gratifying tie," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Our
penalty killing stepped up for us tonight and we were able to get a
couple of power-play goals, too."
Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and
Travis Brigley also scored for the Avalanche, who extended their
road unbeaten streak to seven games. They are 12-1-2 in their last
15 overall, and lead the NHL with 69 points.
"Of course, we have a lot of talent, but if you don't work hard
there's no way you're going to score goals," Avalanche goaltender
David Aebischer said. "We have talented players who work very
hard, and that's why we score a lot of goals."
Armstrong got his ninth of the season on an easy tap-in, after
Trent Klatt shrugged off a check by defenseman Martin Skoula and
was stopped a few feet from the net by Aebischer.
"We had a ton of scoring chances, but we didn't put them away
and we paid the price for it," Colorado's Paul Kariya said. "If
you let a team hang in there like we did, they get a bounce and
it's going to be a tie game."
Kings goalie Cristobal Huet, who beat the Avalanche 2-0 in
Denver on Nov. 22, started for the first time since Jan. 7 and made
Brigley, playing his second game after missing the previous 18
because of a back injury, gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 5:01 of
the second period.
Hejduk made it a two-goal margin less than four minutes later,
scoring on a wraparound into a wide-open net after Huet came out a
little too far on the rush and got tangled up with defenseman Joe
Corvo while trying to scramble back to his feet.
Hejduk's goal was his 25th in 51 games this season -- the same
number he had at this stage last season, when he led the NHL with
50. Tanguay, who will play in his first All-Star game Feb. 8, set
it up with his league-leading 41st assist.
"The thing about Hejduk is his consistency and his hands around
the net," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "He's scored big
goals for us ever since he got here. That's his strength. He's very
tenacious on the puck. He finds openings and finds ways to get
Frolov narrowed the gap to 3-2 at 13:26 of the second period,
scoring his 17th on a goalmouth scramble while Avalanche captain
Joe Sakic was off for hooking. The goal came shortly after the
Avalanche, who have the league's best power play, failed to score
on a five-on-three advantage they had for 1:40.
"The turning point was that five-on-three," Armstrong said.
"If they scored, it would have been 4-1. The penalty kill did a
great job, and Cristobal Huet stayed in there."
Brigley was serving a high-sticking penalty when the Kings
opened the scoring at 7:59 of the first. Barney tipped in a slap
shot by Mattias Norstrom, but the lead lasted just 63 seconds
because Tanguay scored during a goalmouth scramble after Forsberg
started the play from behind the net.
Luc Robitaille's goal streak ended at four games. ... The
Kings begin a seven-game road trip Saturday night at Edmonton.
They've had 16 other trips of seven or more games since 1991 -- and
had a winning record in only one of them. ... Friday night will
mark Kariya's first game at Anaheim since leaving the Mighty Ducks
after eight seasons -- and his first look at the Western Conference
championship banner he helped win with six goals and six assists in
the playoffs last year. Kariya didn't accompany the Avalanche
during their previous visit to the Pond because of an injured
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Attendance: 18,118 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Scott Barney (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Mattias Norstrom, Alexander Frolov
Alex Tanguay (18)
Assists: Peter Forsberg, Milan Hejduk
Travis Brigley (2)
Assists: Steve Moore, Martin Skoula
Milan Hejduk (24)
Assists: Alex Tanguay, Derek Morris
Alexander Frolov (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Scott Barney, Jozef Stumpel