LOS ANGELES--The Colorado Avalanche finished its three-game road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at Staples Center.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tallied for the Avalanche, and goaltender Pavel Francouz made 32 saves in the game, including all 16 he faced in the middle frame.
Austin Wagner, Mikey Anderson and Alex Iafallo found the back of the net for the Kings, who won their sixth straight outing.
Colorado's Valeri Nichushkin was awarded a penalty shot with 6:45 remaining in the middle period but couldn't capitalize on the chance.
Nathan MacKinnon left the game before the end of the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return.
The Avs now head back to Colorado to open a four-game homestand on Wednesday.
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14:22 LAK (0-1) - Austin Wagner scored after he collected a rebound from Nikolai Prokhorkin's shot.
15:25 LAK (0-2) - Mikey Anderson sent the puck to the net, and it went into the cage after it deflected off an Avalanche defender's stick.
2:19 COL (1-2) - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare cut Colorado's deficit in half after the Kings turned the puck over and it took a fortunate bounce after the shot.
14:35 LAK (1-3) - Alex Iafallo scored after stealing the puck in the offensive zone.
Final: Kings - 3 | Avalanche - 1
- Jonathan Quick (LAK): Made 21 saves
- Mikey Anderson (LAK): Scored his first NHL goal
- Drew Doughty (LAK): Had an assist and three hits
Selected by Los Angeles media
Colorado: 0 for 1
Los Angeles: 0 for 2
Colorado: Pavel Francouz started in net for the second consecutive day and made 32 saves.
Los Angeles: Jonathan Quick stopped 21-of-22 shots.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Colorado completed its final back-to-back of the season after also playing at the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. The Avs finished with a 9-3-0 mark in the first contest of these sets and 6-5-1 in the second. The Avalanche swept six of its 12 back-to-backs this year.
Valeri Nichushkin was awarded a penalty shot with 6:45 remaining in the second period but could not convert on the chance. It was the fourth penalty shot of his career, and he is now 1-for-4 on those chances… Ian Cole recorded his 22nd assist of the year, setting a new career high. It surpasses his previous mark of 21 helpers that he had with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016-17 season... Cole now has 26 points on the year, tying his career high that he set in 2016-17... Gabriel Landeskog had his season-long, eight-game point streak come to an end. Landeskog produced five goals and eight assists on his streak, which was the second-longest of his career and one short of his personal high... The contest marked the end of a stretch that saw the Avalanche playing eight-of-10 games on the road. The Avs finished with a 6-2-0 mark in the outings away from Pepsi Center during the stretch... Colorado and Los Angeles concluded their season series with the Avs finishing 1-2-0... The Avs are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and 16-5-2 in their last 23 contests.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on the game: "The puck was bouncing a bit. The two first ones, I feel like it is tough bounces, but we got to give credit. They outworked us in the first and I think we paid a little bit the price during the game after that because they are two goals ahead and they deserved those goals in the beginning even if it was a lucky bounce, they worked for it. Then I feel like we could have packed it in and felt sorry for ourselves but we battled all the way to the end. That third goal I think hurt us a little bit but it's the way it is."
Video: COL@LAK: Bellemare nets wrister off strange bounce
IMAGE OF THE GAME
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Nikita Zadorov returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous two games… The Avalanche used a non-traditional lineup of seven defenseman and 11 forwards but used D-man Mark Barberio as mostly a forward in the contest… Martin Kaut was recalled from the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles prior to the game, but he was a healthy scratch along with Sheldon Dries… Pavel Francouz started in net for the second straight day.
Nathan MacKinnon left the game near the end of the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. Head coach Jared Bednar did not have an update on his status postgame... Andre Burakovsky (upper body/lower body), Matt Calvert (lower body), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body) and Mikko Rantanen (upper body) continue to progress in their recoveries back in Denver, and most have resumed skating… Colin Wilson (lower body) continues to rehab and do off-ice training following two surgeries earlier this season.
The Avalanche returns home for a four-game homestand, beginning on Wednesday against the New York Rangers.
Based on the start of the game
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 90 Vladislav Namestnikov
17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher - 72 Joonas Donskoi
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 13 Valeri Nichushkin
44 Mark Barberio (D) - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 25 Logan O'Connor
27 Ryan Graves - 49 Samuel Girard
28 Ian Cole - 6 Erik Johnson
7 Kevin Connauton - 16 Nikita Zadorov
39 Pavel Francouz
35 Michael Hutchinson