Final in Denver: Kings 5, Avalanche 0
The Kings’ big scorers scored Tuesday and so did some of their less frequent contributors, and with Jonathan Quick stopping all 23 shots by the high-scoring Colorado Avalanche it all added up to an impressive 5-0 victory by the Kings on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center.
Dustin Brown matched a career high with four points, on two goals and two assists, Rob Scuderi scored his first goal in 108 games with the Kings and first since Oct. 4, 2008, and Brad Richardson scored his fourth goal against Colorado in two games this season as the Kings finished a grueling trip on an upbeat note and with a 3-2 record. They had shut out Detroit, 5-0, to start the trip Dec. 12.
The Avalanche had won its previous six games and had not been shut out this season.
Anze Kopitar set up the Kings’ third goal with the kind of forceful drive to the net that he doesn’t try often enough, taking a shot that was rebounded by Brown at 7:27 of the third period. Brown scored his second goal of the game by making a terrific rush up the left side, cutting to the middle and firing a long wrist shot past Craig Anderson at 15:03 of the third period. Justin Williams finished the scoring at 17:49 with a shot from the left circle after Jarret Stoll had won a faceoff in Colorado's zone.
Colorado had scored a league-leading 121 goals entering Tuesday’s game but Quick was moving well laterally and had too good a glove for Colorado to beat him.
The Kings (19-12-1) scored once in the first period, once in the second and three times in the third to help Quick earn his third shutout this season and 11th of his career.
Left wing Marco Sturm made his Kings debut and didn’t score but played decently on the fourth line with Trevor Lewis and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
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-- Helene Elliott in Denver