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Kings chase Budaj with three-goal spurt en route to 6-5 win over Avalanche

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DENVER - Alexander Frolov scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings chased struggling goalie Peter Budaj with a three-goal onslaught in the second period before holding off the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Frolov's power play goal broke a 1-1 tie after John-Michael Liles went to the penalty box for hooking in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Nineteen seconds later, Jack Johnson's one-timer made it 3-1. Then Dustin Brown picked up a loose puck in front of Budaj, skated behind the net and passed it to Jarret Stoll, who put it high over Budaj, who was scrambling back into position.

That was all for Budaj, who has lost five of his last six starts.

He was replaced by Andrew Raycroft, who surrendered two quick goals himself before Colorado mounted a comeback that fell just short.

The Avs, who had won all three of their games against the Kings this season, pulled to 4-2 on T.J. Hensick's power-play goal, but a minute later, the Kings had doubled their cushion. Frolov's second goal made it 5-2, followed 21 seconds later by Brown's score that made it 6-2.

The crazy period ended with Colorado's Chris Stewart scoring with 7.2 seconds left, pulling the Avs to 6-3.

The Avs kept things interesting for their sparse crowd when Brian Willsie's first goal of the season made it 6-4 early in the third period and Cody McLeod's goal 90 seconds later pulled Colorado to 6-5.

Colorado had numerous chances to tie, but goaltender Jonathan Quick made several nice saves to preserve L.A.'s win. The Avs pulled their goalie with a minute left to no avail. Ryan Smyth's shot in the waning seconds was wide of the net.

Colorado was trying to sweep the Kings in a season series for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995-96, and it seemed to have the right man for the job in the goal in Budaj. He was 3-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average against the Kings this season. In eight career appearances against Los Angeles, Budaj was 6-1-1.

The teams exchanged power play goals in the first period. Kyle Calder tipped in Drew Doughty's shot from the point to put Los Angeles on top 1-0, and the Avs tied it five minutes later when Marek Svatos put the puck past Quick.

Notes: D Adam Foote (triceps) didn't play against the Kings after participating in practice Tuesday. ... The Avs have won six of eight from Los Angeles. ... The Avalanche are in the midst of an eight-game homestand, the second-longest in franchise history.

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