The game started out well enough. Having dropped the home opener to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, the Kings seemed to be on their way to their first win of the season, Tuesday night in Colorado.
After one period, the Kings had outshot the Avalanche by a margin of 12-6, and held a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Kyle Clifford's first goal of the season, at 15:52.
That was as good as it would get.
Though the second period was scoreless, the Avalanche outshot the Kings, 13-10.
The third period would belong to the home team.
Gabriel Landeskog opened the scoring, at the 1:00 mark. Just 1:35 later, David Jones would score the game winning goal, on the Power Play.
P.A. Parenteau chipped in an insurance goal at the 8:16 of the third period, to close the scoring.
The Avs outshot the Kings, 12-7 in the third period, and 31-29 for the game.
Perhaps the real culprit was Denver's notoriously thin mile high air
The Kings were a punchless 0-6 on the Power Play, despite the return of star forward Anze Kopitar.
This game also marked the debut of Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.
With Matt Greene on the shelf for an extended period of time, Muzzin was recalled from Manchester to fill the void.
Jake was paired with Davis Drewiske, and logged 15:23 of playing time. He also saw time on the power play, and wound up a +/- 0 for the night, while registering one shot on goal.
The Kings record is now 0-2. They have been outscored 8-3, and are 0-11 on the Power Play.
Kings line combinations:
G - Jonathan Quick
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