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DENVER (AP) _ The longest winless streak in two years had the Colorado Avalanche in desperate need of a win.

Teemu Selanne made sure they got it.

Selanne scored his first goal in 20 games with 5:09 left, helping the Avalanche end a six-game winless streak by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Monday night.

``It was nice to see Teemu get a big goal,'' Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. ``That is what he is here for. That is a big goal for us and a big point. It feels good to win.''

Selanne and Paul Kariya were supposed to add to Colorado's high-scoring offense after signing on the same day in the offseason, but the Finnish Flash hadn't been holding up his end of the bargain. He went 19 games without a point and was even benched for two games.

Selanne ended the slump in dramatic fashion, one-timing Kariya's crossing pass for his first point since scoring his 15th goal Feb. 14 against Detroit. The relief was evident by the huge smile that came across his face as he was mobbed by teammates.

``Usually it doesn't matter who scores the winning goal as long as we win,'' Selanne said. ``But of course, when you have been struggling like I have been it's nice to get the confidence boost like I can get from this and move on.''

It couldn't have come at a better time for the Avalanche.

The longest winless streak since 2001-02 dropped Colorado just a point ahead of Vancouver in the Northwest Division and in danger of falling to fifth in the Western Conference after challenging for the top spot just a month ago.

``It's nice to hear the cheers at the end,'' forward Matthew Barnaby said after Colorado's third win in 14 home games (3-6-4-1). ``We haven't heard it in a while.''

Los Angeles coach Andy Murray continued to shake up his lineup, sitting leading goal-scorer Alexander Frolov, left wing Martin Straka and defenseman Jaroslav Modry for the second straight game.

It didn't help.

Roman Cechmanek kept Los Angeles in it with several spectacular saves, but couldn't keep up with the flurry of scoring chances.

The Kings were outshot 33-20 to drop out of playoff contention with their longest losing streak (0-7-0-1) since 1983-84.

``We didn't accomplish what we wanted to accomplish,'' Murray said. ``It's disappointing not to make the playoffs. When you work as hard as we worked all year, it is difficult not to get in.''

Colorado seemed to get a lift from Steve Moore, who made his first appearance at a game since a hit by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi broke his neck three weeks ago and ended his season.

Moore waved to the crowd from a luxury box midway through the first period during a standing ovation that lasted nearly a minute.

``It was awesome. It was very emotional to see him before the game and see that he's doing good,'' Selanne said. ``I think that everybody was pumped to play well and get the win for him.''

Barnaby gave the fans more to cheer about shortly after, jamming Steve Konowalchuk's crossing pass past Cechmanek for the first goal.

Barnaby caught the back of Kings defenseman Joseph Corvo's skate from just outside the crease, but got enough of the puck to send it trickling over the line.

Colorado turned up the pressure in the second period with 11 shots in the first 10 minutes. Cechmanek was there for each one.

He made a sprawling glove save on Joe Sakic 1{ minutes in, then stopped Peter Forsberg on consecutive shots after he twisted Aaron Miller around with three quick moves.

Cechmanek also made a stiff-legged kick save on Milan Hejduk and got his blocker up for Riku Hahl's hard shot from the slot. He stopped 16 shots in the second period.

``Roman was very good,'' Murray said. ``It is difficult for me to assess, I am a layman in terms of goaltending. It looks like he is quieter with less movement.''

The Kings had just five shots in the second period, but took better advantage.

Nathan Dempsey tied it at 1 during a power play with just over four minutes left, one-timing a shot into an empty net after Trent Klatt circled out of the corner and drew Colorado goalie David Aebischer from the crease.

``That's been the story of our year,'' Miller said. ``We totally outplayed Calgary the other night and lost on two fluke goals. Just like tonight.''

Aebischer stopped 19 shots.

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