DENVER (AP) — Adrian Kempe scored the shootout winner and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat Colorado 5-4 on Thursday night and snap a nine-game losing streak to the Avalanche.
Cale Makar had a goal and two assists in Colorado's three-goal burst late in the second period, but the Avalanche faded in their second straight loss.
It marked the first time the banged-up Avs have scored more than three goals in a game since a 6-4 win at Buffalo on Dec. 1.
Makar, who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman last season, had been held to one goal in 14 games before scoring in a loss to Arizona on Tuesday.
He put on a dazzling three-minute display to erase Los Angeles' 2-1 second-period lead.
Then Makar made a touch pass to Rodrigues for his ninth goal at 18:47, making it 4-2 and capping Makar's second career three-point period.
But the Kings rallied to continue an impressive stretch that's included wins over East-leading Boston, West-leading Vegas and now last season's Stanley Cup champions.
NOTES: It was LA's fifth overtime in seven games and Colorado's fourth in five games. ... Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon is “getting close” to returning, coach Jared Bednar said. ... Avalanche G Pavel Francouz (lower body) was unavailable for a second straight game. Jonas Johansson served as Georgiev's backup. ... It was the Kings' 39th game, most in the NHL. Colorado has played 34. ... Avs C Alex Newhook went to the dressing room late in the first period but returned. He was crunched into the side boards by Kevin Fiala, who drew a boarding penalty. ... Rantanen has 30 points in 23 games against LA.
Kings: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.
Avalanche: Host Toronto on Saturday night.
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Mike Cranston, The Associated Press