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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Avalanche Crushes Error-Prone L.A.


DENVER, Colorado -- The Los Angeles Kings took their generous ways to a new level when they spotted the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Colorado Avalanche, a five-goal lead before 16,061 people at McNichols Arena.

Playing like an intimidated team Wednesday night, the Kings made enough mistakes and bad plays in the first 10 minutes to give Avalanche fans a reason to start asking about the franchise record for margin of victory.

The Kings, however, did not cooperate. They rallied with three consecutive second-period goals to make a game of it before losing 6-3 in goaltender Stephane Fiset's first road game against his former Colorado teammates.

Claude Lemieux and Scott Young each scored twice, Adam Deadmarsh and Mike Ricci each added a goal, and standout goalie Patrick Roy returned from a two-game absence -- because of a thumb injury -- to help the Avalanche improve to 16-4-4 at home.

The win was the 335th of Roy's career, tying him with Gump Worsley for eighth place in National Hockey League history.

Sabres 3, Penguins 1. In Buffalo, New York, the Buffalo Sabres dominated Pittsburgh for two periods and hung on after Jaromir Jagr's goal in the third period en route to a 3-1 win over the Penguins.

Rob Ray and Mike Peca scored in the first period before Richard Smehlik's empty-net goal with 27.7 seconds left, putting the game away as the Sabres pulled within two points of the Penguins in the Northeast Division.

Senators 1, Devils 1. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, rookie Jay Pandolfo scored midway through the third period to give the New Jersey Devils a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Senators.

Shaun Van Allen got Ottawa's goal, and Damian Rhodes stopped 35 shots as the Senators stretched their unbeaten record to three games (1-0-2), which ties their season high.

Martin Brodeur, who shut out Ottawa 1-0 on Jan. 3 in the last game between the teams, had 23 saves.

Blues 4, Maple Leafs 0. In Toronto, Pierre Turgeon and Brett Hull each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0.

The loss was the third in a row for the Maple Leafs, who have won just two of their last 12 games.

Flyers 2, Capitals 1. Ron Hextall stopped 29 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers extended their unbeaten road streak to 12 games by defeating the slumping Washington Capitals 2-1 Wednesday night.

Rod Brind'amour and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Flyers, who are 8-0-4 on the road since Nov. 27. The longest unbeaten road streak in franchise history is 16 games by the 1979-80 team. ()

(For other results, see Scorecard.)