DENVER — Dustin Brown scored 54 seconds into overtime on a breakaway to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Monday.
“The puck got kicked into our zone and they were trying to get a change,” Brown said. “I was coming out of the blue line door, so that’s 30 or 40 feet for them to change and I got in behind them.”
Carl Soderberg tied it 2-2 with 1:50 left in the third period after Tyson Barrie‘s shot from the point deflected in off his leg.
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“It was a huge game for us, a big win, a great game by everyone, really,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “We worked, we stayed positive on the bench, we said, ‘Hey, let’s just go win this one in OT.'”
Sean Walker scored his first NHL goal and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for the Kings (16-21-3), who are 5-1-0 in their past six games. The win was Quick’s 299th in the NHL.
Nathan MacKinnon scored and Semyon Varlamov made 15 saves for the Avalanche (19-13-8), who have lost five straight games (0-4-1), tying their longest losing streak of the season, and are 2-6-3 in their past 11.
Colorado is 1-8 in games that ended past regulation this season.
“That can be the difference between getting into the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] and not getting into the playoffs,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “They’re big points. I give our team all the credit in the world for fighting back again tonight. It’s not easy for us. It hasn’t been an easy stretch for us to stay with it and come back from 0-2. It starts to show you a little bit about what we can do, but we have to find a way to close out the games.”
Walker appeared to make it 1-0 at 15:40 of the first period, but the call on the ice was ruled no goal because of goalie interference. Kings coach Willie Desjardins challenged the play, but the call was upheld after a video review.
Doughty scored on a power play 22 seconds into the second period to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. His shot from the right point went in short side after deflecting off the stick of Avalanche forward Gabriel Bourque.
Walker extended the lead to 2-0 at 12:58 on a wraparound at the left post.
“You want to get your first one out of the way,” Walker said. “I got the puck on the first goal and when they disallowed it, I threw that puck into the crowd. I have the one that counted.”
MacKinnon scored 32 seconds into the third period to cut it to 2-1, driving to the net before redirecting a pass from Mikko Rantanen.
“We fought back and clawed our way back so hard, it’s tough to swallow,” Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said. “It was looking like we weren’t going to come up with anything. We need these two points. We’ll take the single one right now, but it certainly stinks not to get the extra one. I think it’s time to wake up and take care of some of these wins.”
They said it
“You’re going to win games and not play well, like maybe tonight we didn’t play our best hockey. When you’re playing your best hockey, it’s just so much fun, the confidence is flowing through every player on the team and we need to get back on another winning streak.” — Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
“It’s not to me a structural issue (in overtime), it’s the commitment to check. You can’t hide 3-on-3. You can’t let guys get in behind you 3-on-3 or they’re going to score, that’s it. There’s nowhere to hide. You make a mistake or you let somebody go in behind you, the chances are they’re going to score. You can’t poach passes, you can’t hope for offense. If you want offense, go steal the puck from someone, outwork him and then go to work in the other end. It’s that simple to me.” — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
Need to know
Barrie needs one point to tie John-Michael Liles (275) for the most by a defenseman in Colorado history. … Avalanche forward Logan O’Connor had two hits in 5:51 of ice time in his NHL debut. … Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf returned after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. He had one shot, two hits and two blocks in 12:23. … Kings forward Anze Kopitar had two assists and needs one goal for 300 in his NHL career. He has 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 43 games against Colorado.
Kings: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, FS-W, NHL.TV)
Avalanche: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN)