Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel scored in their first game back from the injured list as the Los Angeles Kings ended visiting Colorado's six-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory yesterday over the Avalanche.
"It definitely feels good to help out the team," said Murray, who missed three games with a bruised chest. "The legs were a little tired in the third period, but it always feels great to get that first goal after coming back."
Ziggy Palffy had a goal and an assist and Luc Robitaille had two assists, helping the Kings hand the Northwest Division leaders their second loss in 13 games (8-2-3).
Adam Deadmarsh and Dave Reid scored for the Avalanche.
Los Angeles needed just eight shots to grab a 3-0 first-period lead against rookie Marc Denis, who entered with three straight victories.
Palffy and Murray opened the scoring with power-play goals less than two minutes apart against a penalty-killing unit that in the last six games had allowed only one power-play goal in 27 short-handed situations. Stumpel, out for seven games with a bruised left knee, made it 3-0 with 5 minutes 10 seconds left in the first.
FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 4: John LeClair scored with a minute to play to tie host Pittsburgh. With the Penguins leading 4-3 and trying to run out the clock, LeClair directed the puck past Tom Barrasso at 19 minutes of the third--his 26th goal and 11th in his last 15 games against the Penguins.
COYOTES 3, SHARKS 2: Jyrki Lumme flipped the winning goal into the net with 44 seconds left in overtime in Phoenix. The victory kept Phoenix in first place in the Pacific Division with its division-leading 26th victory.
STARS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2: Rookie Roman Lyashenko scored goals 10 seconds apart early in the third period in Dallas's comeback win in Chicago. Lyashenko tied it at 2 at 1:02 after picking off Bryan McCabe's pass. He then beat Jocelyn Thibault for the game-winner from the right circle.
PREDATORS 2, CANUCKS 1: Vitali Yachmenev scored his third goal in three games to break a tie 1:37 into the third period in Vancouver.