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Sakic's Four Point Night Leads Avs To Win In LA

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Sakic scored two goals and set up two more as the Avalanche rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night.

Los Angeles, which had won the season's three previous meetings, lost for the fifth time in seven games. The Kings are tied with Edmonton for seventh in the Western Conference playoff race, but the Oilers have two more games remaining than Los Angeles.

The victory lifted the Avs into sole possession of fifth.

Sakic's season-high four points moved him past two NHL Hall of Famers on the career list for goals and assists.

He scored less than 5 minutes apart in the first period, giving Colorado a 2-0 lead. His first one came on his own rebound off the right post for his 1,468th point, moving Sakic past Stan Mikita into sole possession of 11th place.

Sakic then worked the puck out from behind the net and sent a screened shot through Garon's legs for his second goal and 26th of the season.

Rookie goaltender Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for his second shutout in just over a week.

Colorado extended its lead to 3-0 early in the second. Former King Ian Laperriere scored his career-high 19th goal, one-timing a pass from Sakic. With the setup, Sakic overtook Bryan Trottier for 15th with 902.

The Avalanche made it 4-0 less than 3 1/2 minutes later, when Andrew Brunette's slap shot deflected off the stick of a Kings defender and past Garon, who was promptly yanked for Jason LaBarbera.

Garon gave up the first four goals on 13 shots. The Kings didn't play any defense in front of LaBarbera, either. He allowed a third-period goal to Antti Laaksonen.

Colorado's Milan Hejduk had an assist, giving him five points over the last four games.

Notes: The Kings and Avalanche honored Adam Deadmarsh before the game, with each of his old teams giving him a painting and a fishing rod. He was forced into early retirement in September because of repeated concussions. Deadmarsh played parts of three seasons with the Kings, scoring 46 goals, after being acquired from Colorado in the Rob Blake trade. "For anyone I cheap-shotted in the past, you're too late to get me back," he told fans who gave him a standing ovation. Earlier, Deadmarsh said his daily life is no longer affected by the concussions, but he dearly misses playing hockey. "It's a page that's maybe never going to be closed for me by having to quit when I did," he said. "I'd love to stay involved in the game somehow. Hockey is all I know." He lives in Idaho, while awaiting his next job. ... C Pavol Demitra missed his third straight game because of a concussion, leaving the Kings without their most successful player against the Avalanche. Demitra had seven of the Kings' 14 goals against them in the first three games. ... The Avs improved to 4-7 in the second half of back-to-back games.

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