Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/3/12
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ryan O'Reilly scored the tying goal with 5:43 left in the third period, Milan Hejduk got the only goal in a shootout and Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves to lead the surging Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, trying for his NHL-leading sixth shutout, finished with 20 saves. He stopped Colorado's first 19 shots before O'Reilly carried the puck into the Kings' zone off a turnover by Kyle Clifford and scored on a 30-foot wrist shot that beat Quick to the stick side. Colorado has won eight of its last nine games. The Avalanche are 7-0 in shootouts and have won their past 10 tiebreakers, one shy of the NHL record for consecutive shootout wins set by the Dallas Stars -- all during the 2005-06 season. Quick is 3-4 in shootouts, after going 10-0 last season. The Kings found themselves on a power play just 20 seconds after the opening faceoff, as O'Reilly received a 4-minute high-sticking penalty for cutting defenseman Jack Johnson. But Mike Richards got an interference penalty just 7 seconds later, and Los Angeles had a power-play goal disallowed with 44 seconds left on O'Reilly's double-minor. Justin Williams had his stick above the crossbar when he redirected Johnson's long, off-balance wrist shot between Varlamov's legs on a bounce, and referee Stephen Walkom waved it off immediately. Video replays upheld the decision. The Kings opened the scoring at 1:34 of the second period. Richards passed the puck around the boards to Anze Kopitar behind the net, and he made a backhand wraparound attempt that hit Varlamov's stick as it was flat on the ice. Dustin Brown was right there to convert the rebound with a backhander for his 10th goal. The Avalanche had only one power-play opportunity the entire game, after Clifford was sent off for kneeing former Kings defenseman Kyle Quincey with 11:12 left in the third period. It was the third time in four games that the Avs had the man advantage fewer than three times. NOTES: The Kings take a few moments during every home game to honor a member of the military as their "Hero of the Night," and when Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant Huy Truong was introduced during a play stoppage at 14:17 of the first period, Avalanche D Shane O'Brian stood up in the penalty box and applauded him along with the sellout crowd of 18,118. ... Kings broadcaster Daryl Evans, whose overtime goal in the "Miracle on Manchester" playoff game against Edmonton in 1982 is still regarded as the most significant moment in franchise history, was the latest Kings alumnus to be honored with a pregame ceremony in the team's "Legends Night" series. Charlie Simmer, one-third of the famed "Triple Crown Line" with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor, will get the same treatment on Feb. 18. ... The Avalanche are 18-2-0 when allowing fewer than three goals, and 4-15-0 when scoring fewer than three. ... C Matt Duchene, who had the game-winning goal for the Avalanche against the Kings in a 3-2 win on Oct. 30 in Denver, missed his second game because of an injured left knee that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least a month. ... It was the 17th time in 19 games that the Kings scored fewer than three goals in regulation.
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