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Avalanche 3, Kings 1

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DENVER -- Gabriel Landeskog and David Jones scored 1:35 apart to start the third period, Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.

PA Parenteau also scored for the Avalanche in their home opener.

Jonathan Quick also had 28 saves and Kyle Clifford scored for the defending Stanley Cup champs, who have lost two straight to start the season.

The Avalanche trailed 1-0 for most of the game before Landeskog took a rebound off the backboards and beat Quick one minute into the third period.

Dustin Penner was called for holding 27 seconds later and Colorado took advantage. Defenseman Davis Drewiske failed to clear the puck along the boards and Jones scored to make it 2-1 just 2:35 into the third.

Six minutes later, Parenteau got his first goal with Colorado when he tipped in a pass from defenseman Erik Johnson at 8:16 of the third to make it 3-1.

The Kings pulled Quick for an extra attacker with 1:44 left but couldn't score.

Clifford gave the Kings a 1-0 lead when he knocked in Jordan Nolan's rebound late in the first period.

Colorado dressed only 11 forwards and then lost another when Steve Downie was lost to a knee injury in the second period.

Even with only 10 forwards the Avalanche had a great chance to even the score with a 5-on-3 for 1:29 in the second period but they managed just one shot with the two-man advantage.

NOTES: Dating back to the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Kings are 15-3-2 on the road. They have had a winning mark away from home the past three seasons. ... Kopitar has led the Kings in scoring for five straight seasons and has scored at least 25 goals in each of those seasons. ... Colorado right wing Chuck Kobasew was a scratch for the second consecutive game. He missed Saturday's opener in Minnesota with flu-like symptoms. ... Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien was a healthy scratch. ... Landeskog was presented with the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year in 2011-12. He is the only Colorado player to win the award besides Chris Drury in 1998-99. ... Colorado center Ryan O'Reilly, the team's leading scorer last year, remains unsigned.
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