Kings 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)
Los Angeles -- Wingers Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored goals and goaltender Martin Jones stopped 23 shots while tying an NHL record as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout Saturday.
Jones equaled an NHL record by winning his eighth straight game at the start of a season by keeping Colorado scoreless in the shootout.
The victory tied the season series between the teams at one victory each and kept Los Angeles (25-8-4) with a perfect 14-0-0 record when leading after two periods.
Center Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist, center Matt Duchene had two assists for Colorado (23-10-2), while goaltender Seymon Varlamov stopped 37 Los Angeles shots
The Avalanche trailed, 2-0, but tied the game with power play goals from defenseman Erik Johnson and O'Reilly.
With Los Angeles center Mike Richards off for delay-of-game at 9:52 of the third period, O'Reilly roofed a wrist shot past Jones 35 seconds into the man advantage.
Duchene earned his second assist of the game, along with defenseman Tyson Barrie, to set the stage for the shootout.
The Kings broke the seal on the game when Carter batted home a rebound of a shot by defenseman Drew Doughty. Carter's 11th goal of the season and eighth in 11 career games against Colorado came at 19:28, with Anze Kopitar getting the secondary assist.
Los Angeles widened the lead in the first five minutes of the middle period. Williams batted a shot by center Jarret Stoll past Varlamov for his team-leading 12th goal at 5:25 on a play initiated by winger Dustin Brown from behind the net.
The Kings had an opportunity to take a commanding three-goal edge when Colorado winger Jamie McGinn took a holding-the-stick penalty at 7:49.
Los Angeles came up short of a 3-0 lead when center Mike Richards hit the left post on a rebound attempt.
NOTES: The Avalanche conclude a quick two-game trip in San Jose on Monday, their last game before the NHL's holiday break. ... Colorado scratched D Nick Holden, C Brad Malone and D Ryan Wlison. ... Three Avalanche players celebrated milestones, C Paul Stastny played in his 500th NHL game, while C Ryan O'Reilly and LW Jamie McGuinn each appeared in their 300th. ... Los Angeles did not dress LW Daniel Carcillo, RW Matt Frattin and D Willie Mitchell. ... Kings RW Jordan Nolan played in his 100th NHL game. ... The Kings play their final home game of the 2013 calendar year against Dallas on Monday ahead of a four-game trip against Central Division opponents Nashville, Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis.