The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Friday night, with Mikko Rantanen scoring and assisting and Phillip Grubauer making his fourth save of the season on 18 shots.

Michael Amadio #10 of the Los Angeles Kings hits Nathan McKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on the 12th. March 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Avalanche, who have been in good form until recently as they kept getting a lot of goals against, but not scoring many. Colorado shot 45-18.

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The Avalanche beat Arizona 46-14 on Wednesday and needed extension to get to 2-1.

We talked a lot Friday morning about how to score goals, Rantanen said. We’re really good. I think that’s a certainty too. I think we’re struggling a bit at the moment, but we’re playing well. With this team and this talent, we know it’s going to happen.

The Avalanche announced for the 15th time. The team shot under 30 for the second consecutive season, surpassing the score of the 2000-01 Stanley Cup winners.

Calvin Petersen has made 44 saves in his career for the Kings.

Petersen, who had been activated from the NHL’s COVID-19 team for the game, responded fiercely. He made 32 saves in the first two periods and had to make some big saves.

It was a bit of a surprise, Petersen said of his nomination to the COWID-19 list. I was told I was on protocol and to wait, take it day by day and follow protocol. On (Friday) morning, I was released. I think it was a false alarm. I’m glad to be back, that everything went well and that I could join the team.

Rantanen opened the game for Colorado midway through the second period when his shot from the point went through a slice by Gabriel Landeskog and beat Petersen at 9:18. It was his 13th. goal of the season, leading the team.

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Los Angeles had two power play chances in the final nine minutes and nearly scored on the second, but could not capitalize. Petersen took the lead in the final two minutes and McKinnon equalized with an empty goal after 18:37.

When you get a breakthrough into an empty net, you always look around to see that there’s no one in front of you and that you have teammates with you, so it’s an easy decision to give the ball to Nate, McKinnon said.


The Kings juggled their lineup for the game, as defenseman Olli Maata was added to the NHL COVID-19 list and placed on the non-roster. Alex Yafallo was ill, but was not part of the COVID-19 team. Defenders Tobias Bjonfort and Daniel Brickley, striker Lias Andersson and goalkeeper Troy Groznik have been recalled from the taxi team.

Goalkeeper Matt Villalta made the taxi team and goalkeeper Jonathan Quick was placed on the injured list.

It was a juggling act today, Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. Someone asked me (Friday morning) if we were getting back to normal or close to it, and then I realized what was going on. But there’s no reason we can’t do better.


The teams meet again Sunday afternoon in Denver. The start time has been moved from 6 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. due to the forecast of a snowstorm that could drop up to 2 feet in the metro area.

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