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Olympic carryover? Kings rally back, beat Avs 6-4

Feb 27, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings Reuters

For all that’s been said about how NHL teams have lost out on sending players to the Olympics, people usually don’t give much thought to teams turning their fortunes around following a change of scenery. One game doesn’t tell the whole story, yet it’s possible that the Los Angeles Kings might carry momentum over from some strong Sochi performances.

After falling behind 4-2 with less than five minutes left in the second period, the Kings really turned things around against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, scoring four unanswered goals for a 6-4 win.

Those six goals equal the Kings’ output from their last seven games heading into the Olympic break.

Anze Kopitar starred for the otherwise star-less Slovenians in Sochi, and he carried his success over tonight, scoring two of those four late Los Angeles goals, including the power-play game-winner in the third period. He also had an assist in the contest.

Here’s video of Kopitar’s game-winner:

The Kings now have two straight wins after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in OT heading into the Olympic break. They had only won two of their last 11 games heading into Wednesday, so the clear hope is that the strong runs by Kopitar, Drew Doughty & Co. will end up being signs of better things to come.

(Jonathan Quick received the night off, as Martin Jones notched the win.)

The Avalanche find themselves in a minor funk – at least if you carry over results from before the break – as they’ve now lost three of four games. They play six of their next eight contests in Colorado, so there’s a lot of incentive to avoid a lull following the break.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:23 AM


    A great win by the guys tonight ! … and a great way to render all these ‘you Kings can’t score’ pimple freaks silent ! Even funnier is the fact that these ‘built for the playoff’ primate Blues couldn’t even score a goal tonight against the lowly Canucks. You just gotta love it man ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • jhaegs - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Better hope the “lowly” Canucks don’t knock you out of a playoff spot. I’d bring up all the games the Queens have been shutout, but I don’t have that much time on my hands. 3-7 in their last 10… You guys are on a roll!!!

      Good luck trying to beat Calgary, seeing as you haven’t been able to this season.

      • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        listen Jhaegs … we Kings are gonna ‘kill ’em’ tonight, make no mistake about it ! … and as far as this business of us being ‘shut out’ goes ? … well trust me pal, from here on in you Babcock lovers and your stupid ‘systems’ are gonna be running for your lives ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ron05342 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        The “Queens” as you call them have beaten Vancouver 4 times this season already. 4-0.

        What does that make the Canucks?

      • jhaegs - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Again, good luck with CALGARY. You’ll need it…

    • hockey412 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Including this game, the kings are now 26th in the league in Goals/Game. I’m pretty sure the ‘pimple freaks’ included Sutter and the kings players…they have been saying they need to score more themselves.

      • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        listen 412 …
        I’m not sure what your deal is ? … regardless, as of ‘right now’ we Kings are the highest scoring team in the league ! … nobody cares about what happened before the Olympics … all that matters now is for us Kings to start lighting you Babcock lovers up like a bunch of cheap ‘Made in China’ Christmas trees ! … and that’s ‘exactly’ what we’re gonna do !!!

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Windmiller4 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Its great to see the kings score again, hopefully this can become a regular thing

    • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Don’t worry friend … it’s all ‘good’ from here on in ! :)

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