LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nathan MacKinnon scored one of Colorado's top three goals and Avalanche dominated the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 Wednesday night.
Colorado scored three goals in power in two of the four games, eight of 11 with the men's lead in that period.
Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson also scored in the power play, and Patrik Nemeth, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Calvert scored hard. Alexander Kerfoot made three assists, and Mikko Rantanen remained the league's scoring leader with two assists to increase his total to 34 points. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves.
Kyle Clifford, Matt Luff and Austin Wagner scored for Los Angeles. Cal Petersen scored six goals in 31 shots before leaving at the start of the third.
The Colorado opened the scoring within 12 minutes of the first half when Carl Soderbeg entered the net and passed to Kamenev. Los Angeles equalized four minutes later when Clifford took advantage of a loose disc in front of Varlamov who mistreated a pitch in the area by Tyler Toffoli when he failed to grab him with the glove and he hit his cushions.
The Avalanche retaken the lead 50 seconds later. Gabriel Landeskog was behind the net and fed MacKinnon with a precise pass to beat Petersen with an eight-second shot in a power play.
Nemeth extended the lead halfway through the second with a 57-foot wrist shot from near the blue line that found its way through the traffic. Wilson scored the Colorado's third goal of the night, less than three minutes from the end, when he defeated Petersen after a Rantanen pass.
Colorado chased Petersen with two goals less than two minutes apart in the third. Barrie extended his sequence of points to six games when he put in a 70-second rebound in the period. Zadorov then ended Petersen's night with a wrist shot that went over his glove.
Peter Budaj, who made two saves in three shots, came in and allowed Calvert's goal. Los Angeles closed the scoring on goals from Luff and Wagner, who had the first of his NHL career.
NOTES: Los Angeles C Adrian Kempe suffered a lower body injury during the first period and did not return. … Rantanen was fined $ 2,000 by the NHL for diving / beautification. It is the second time that Rantanen was quoted for beautification this season, which is what triggered the fine. The beautification penalty came during the second period of November 14 against Boston. … Los Angeles acquired striker Pavel Jenys of Minnesota in exchange for defender Stephan Falkovsky. Both players are currently in the East Coast Hockey League. … The kings honored Sergeant Ron Helus of Ventura County.
Avalanche: Travel to Arizona on Friday to complete a three-game trip.
Kings: Vancouver host on Friday.
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Joe Reedy, Associated Press