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Devon Toews, Cale Makar lead Avalanche to another win over Kings

Colorado's Devon Toews (7) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Kings on May 8, 2021.
Colorado defenseman Devon Toews, second from left, celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Kings on Saturday night.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Devon Toews scored twice for his first multigoal game, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-2 on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Cale Makar had a goal and an assist for the second straight game, Jonas Johansson made 16 saves and the Avalanche (36-13-4) won for the fourth time in five games.

Rasmus Kupari scored his first career goal, Sean Walker had a goal and an assist, and the Kings (21-26-6) lost both games of a back-to-back to the Avalanche. Cal Petersen made 27 saves.

Colorado scored first for the 35th time in 53 games, going ahead on Toews’ eighth goal. The Kings couldn’t clear the puck after being caught in transition, leaving it for Toews to collect and score on a wrist shot from the left circle.

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The Avalanche struck on the power play to make it 2-0, with Makar burying his fourth goal with the man-advantage on a one-timer through traffic at 10:31.

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Highlights from the Kings’ 3-2 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Walker got the Kings back within 2-1 at 13:58 after Gabriel Vilardi found him charging in on goal.

But Toews pushed the lead back to 3-1 at 9:45 of the second, beating Petersen with a wrist shot from the left circle. Toews leads Avalanche defensemen with nine goals.

Makar had the primary assist, marking his sixth game this season in which has he scored and set up goals. He has 11 total multipoint games.

Kupari, the Kings’ first-round selection in 2018, made it 3-2 at 5:21 of the third. It was his first point in four career games.

The Kings made a strong push in the closing minutes, but Johansson broke up a centering pass by Anze Kopitar to Andreas Athanasiou during a 2-on-0 break with less than six minutes to go and Gabriel Landeskog blocked Adrian Kempe’s shot in the final three seconds.

The Kings' Rasmus Kupari, second from right, celebrates his first career goal with teammates May 8, 2021.
The Kings’ Rasmus Kupari, second from right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal of his career.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

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On fire

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky had two assists for the second straight game. He has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak.

In and out

Colorado defenseman Patrik Nemeth played after leaving in the second period Friday because of an upper-body injury.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

Up next

Avalanche: At Vegas on Monday night.

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Kings: Host St. Louis on Monday night.


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