NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Colorado 2 0 0 2
Los Angeles 0 2 2 4
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00 BRT, January 21, 2021
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 0

Kings look to crack win column against Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings

  1. Despite allowing a pair of third-period goals Tuesday, the Avalanche held on for a 3-2 win over the Kings in the season's first meeting. By lighting the lamp three times, it marked only the third game in the last 12 meetings that Colorado scored more than two goals against Los Angeles.
  2. The Avs surrendered their first power-play goal of the season Tuesday, but scored two of their own to give them eight through three games. They are the first team since the 1981-82 Canadiens to have scored 8+ power-play goals while yielding one or fewer through three games.
  3. The Kings limited the Avs to just five shots on goal in the third period Tuesday, and had a 25-24 shot advantage in the game. It was the 20th time since the start of last season Los Angeles limited its opponent to 25 or fewer shots, and only the Golden Knights have more such games with 23.
  4. Nathan MacKinnon had two assists Tuesday after tallying a goal and two assists in an 8-0 win over the Blues last Friday. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, MacKinnon's 44 games with two or more assists are tied with the Maple Leafs' Mitchell Marner for third most in the league.
  5. With Tuesday's defeat, the Kings have opened the season with three consecutive one-goal losses for the first time in franchise history. The last team to open a season with four straight one-goal defeats was the 2008-09 Lightning.
  6. Andreas Athanasiou scored again on Tuesday, and again it was on his only shot on goal. He has now scored one goal on one shot in each of his first three games of the season, the first NHL player to accomplish this feat since individual shots on goal were first tracked in 1959-60.

After a disappointing opening night, Nathan MacKinnon has Colorado back on track with a two-game winning streak entering the second game of a back-to-back set Thursday night at Los Angeles.

MacKinnon had two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 victory as the Avalanche held a commanding advantage through two periods before things got dicey as the Kings rallied late.

In the end, Colorado not only celebrated the victory, but MacKinnon was able to celebrate the 500th point of his career. He now has 191 goals and 309 assists in 528 games since his rookie season of 2013-14. The No. 1 overall selection in 2013 became the first member of his draft class to reach 500 points.

"It's pretty cool. I probably should have got there sooner, but obviously, it's a cool milestone (since) 500 points in the NHL is not an easy thing to achieve," MacKinnon said. "I had some great players play with me all along the way. It's always fun getting points but it's obviously more about winning, for sure."

MacKinnon, who led the NHL in shots each of the past two seasons, now has at least one shot in 223 consecutive games -- four behind Joe Sakic's franchise record.

There's a good chance MacKinnon's next shot will come on the power play. The Avs converted two power-play opportunities in the second period Tuesday while opening a 3-0 lead. Colorado has scored on eight of its first 17 power plays this season.

"Our power play has stepped up the last two games and we need that to keep rolling," MacKinnon said, referencing Friday's 8-0 romp over the St. Louis Blues as well.

The Kings remain winless after three consecutive one-goal defeats that were all heartbreaking in their own way. After opening the season by blowing a pair of 3-1 leads in the third period at home to the Minnesota Wild, the Kings put together a late rally against the Avalanche that fell just short.

Andreas Athanasiou and Adrian Kempe each scored third-period goals for the Kings, but they were unable to push through over the final 5:38 for the tying goal.

In his first year with Los Angeles, Athanasiou became the first Kings player to score goals in each of the first three games of a season since Wayne Gretzky (first four games) in 1988-89.

If the Kings want to celebrate a victory Thursday, and not just a goal-scoring feat, cutting down on penalties would be key. They have 18 penalties in three games and had four in the second period Tuesday when Colorado scored its two power-play goals.

"I think five-on-five, we can play with anybody, just like any other team in this league," Athanasiou said. "So it's staying disciplined out there, trying to stay five-on-five as much as possible and just keeping the flow going."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2021

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