Jarome Iginla’s 600th career NHL goal stole the show late in what was a frustrating night for the Kings Monday in Colorado, where they fell 4-1 to the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
For the Kings, it was the club’s first loss since December 22, their five-game win streak snapped at the hands of an Avalanche team that has struggled on home ice this season.
Jhonas Enroth got the nod for his seventh start of the season, and after turning away Colorado’s 10 first period shots, surrendered a power play goal just over six minutes into the second period, the Avalanche building a 1-0 lead.
Just past the midway point of the second, Tyler Toffoli knotted the score at 1-1 when he fired a slap shot past Semyon Varlamov to register his team-leading 19th goal of the season.
After the Kings worked the puck atop Colorado’s zone, Toffoli and Anze Kopitar teamed up for a quick give-and-go sequence, where Toffoli one-time Kopitar’s return feed low past Varlamov’s blocker side from the top of the left circle.
A quick 1:19 minutes later, Tyson Barrie regained the lead for the Avalanche.
Matt Duchene gave Colorado a 3-1 lead less than two minutes into the third period.
With seven minutes to play in regulation, Jarome Iginla gave the Avalanche a 4-1 lead, scoring his 600th career NHL goal when he banked a pass off the skate of Jake Muzzin and past Enroth. Iginla became just the 19th player in NHL history to reach the 600-goal mark.
Three of Colorado’s four goals came on the power play, they were 3-for-5 on the man advantage Monday night.
Jake Muzzin (1A), Anze Kopitar (1A), and Tyler Toffoli (1G) led all Kings players in points scored (1), Anze Kopitar in shots taken (6), Jake Muzzin in hits delivered (3), Christian Ehrhoff and Andy Andreoff in shots blocked (2), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (29:35). Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves in the loss.
The Kings now return home to Los Angeles and will begin a five-game home stand Thursday night when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at STAPLES Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:30 PM PST.