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Second-period flurry sends Avalanche past Kings

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 2:11 AM

Gabriel Landeskog had two goals as the Colorado Avalanche scored three times in a span of less than eight minutes in the second period to beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, in their annual Frozen Fury showdown in Las Vegas.

All three Colorado goals came on rebounds. Ryan O'Reilly backhanded home the rebound of Steve Downie's shot at 8:11. Landeskog tied it at 12:58 and knocked the rebound of Andre Benoit's shot past Mathieu Garon for a power-play goal at 16:06.

Mike Richards gave the Kings a 2-0 lead with a pair of power-play goals against Jean-Sebastien Giguere. L.A. got a scare when defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season due to a knee injury that required surgery, turned awkwardly late in the third period and struggled through his last couple of shifts. But coach Darryl Sutter said afterwards that it wasn't a major issue.

"Blocked a shot. No big deal," he said. "It was the only shot we blocked tonight."

The Kings open their season Thursday night on the road against the Minnesota Wild. Colorado hosts the Anaheim Ducks in its opener Wednesday night.

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