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Kings rout Colorado 5-0 to end Avs' winning streak

by Rick Sadowski /

DENVER -- Dustin Brown enjoyed a big offensive game for the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, but he was especially impressed with his team's defensive effort.

That's understandable, considering the Kings knocked off the high-scoring Colorado Avalanche 5-0 at the Pepsi Center to complete a five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record and end the Avalanche's winning streak at six games.

"That's been our best 60 minutes, especially on the defensive side of the puck," said Brown, who matched his career high for points in a game with four -- 2 goals and 2 assists -- more than enough to back goalie Jonathan Quick's third shutout of the season and 11th of his NHL career.

Quick had to make only a couple of tough stops among his 23 saves eight days after starting the trip by turning aside 51 shots in a 5-0 win in Detroit.

"He had to make probably two really difficult saves, and he made them," Brown said. "I thought this was our best defensive effort in some time."

The Avalanche's best chance came during a power play midway through the third period when Matt Duchene cranked a shot off the crossbar.

Colorado totaled 27 goals in its winning streak, 40 goals while going 7-0-1 in the previous eight home games and hadn't been blanked since a 3-0 loss in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 last season.

"It's a great team over there. They've got a lot of offensive talent," Quick said. "It's great to get the goals support and to play as great defensively as we did. At times they created some pressure and they were working it down low a little bit, but we still managed to keep the scoring chances to a minimum."

The Kings' top line of Brad Richardson, Anze Kopitar and Brown created plenty of chances. They accounted for 11 of the team's 32 shots, 3 goals and 5 assists, with Rob Scuderi and Justin Williams each contributing a goal and Drew Doughty adding a pair of assists.

"My line in particular, I felt we were in the offensive zone a lot and controlled the play," Brown said. "When that happens, you're going to get chances. It was a pretty good complete game for us."

Brown and Williams scored goals in the final five minutes to put the finishing touches on the win, which included killing all three Colorado power plays.

"They played tough the entire game and we just weren't on our game tonight," Avs center Ryan O'Reilly said. "We have to get back to the things we do well. They are an aggressive team. We have to rebound and play smart and put this behind us."

Brown gave the Kings a 3-0 lead at 7:27 of the third period with each team skating down a man. He overpowered Avalanche defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the front of the net and tried to stuff the puck by goalie Craig Anderson. Anderson made the save, but Brown lifted the rebound into the net.

"He's working hard all game," Quick said of Brown. "He's been playing well all season. It's good to see him get rewarded like that."

The Kings got goals from a couple of unlikely sources in Scuderi and Richardson to take a 2-0 lead.

Scuderi backhanded his own rebound behind Anderson at 12:26 of the first period for his first goal in 185 games since he scored Oct. 4, 2008, against Ottawa while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was his fourth goal in 405 career NHL games.

"I had some patience with the puck there," Scuderi said. "Maybe it was the thin air messing up my brain, but I'll take it."

Richardson has scored five goals this season -- but four of them have come against his former Avalanche teammates. He had a hat trick in the teams' previous meeting this year, a 6-4 Kings win on Oct. 23.

"An Avs killer," Brown said.

Richardson parked in front of the net and tipped in Doughty's shot from the right circle at 6:31 of the second period.

Kings left wing Marco Sturm, acquired from Boston on Dec. 11, made his season debut and played on the fourth line with Trevor Lewis and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Sturm logged 11:42 of ice time and had one shot on goal in his first game since May 1 last when he suffered a right knee injury that necessitated major surgery.

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