2001 Stanley Cup Finals

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Colorado 4, Los Angeles 3
Posted: Tuesday May 01, 2001 02:31 AM
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LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Jon Klemm's timing was perfect.

Klemm scored his first playoff goal midway through the third period to shift the momentum as the Colorado Avalanche regained home-ice advantage in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The seventh-seeded Kings had climbed within 3-2 on Glen Murray's power-play goal with 10 minutes remaining, recharging another sellout crowd at the Staples Center.

But Klemm answered 34 seconds later with his first postseason goal since Game Five of last year's conference finals. Alex Tanguay broke down the left side on a 2-on-1 and slid a pass that deflected off goaltender Felix Potvin and came to Klemm, who sneaked in from his defense position and banged in the puck.

"I wasn't the one who did the hard work. Alex did the work, he made a great play," Klemm said. "I was just trailing behind and sniffed out a loose puck. I was looking in the slot area and all of a sudden, the puck was there. The puck hit Potvin in the skate. I was there to put it in the far side."

That goal enabled top-seeded Colorado to withstand a tally by Ziggy Palffy with 40 seconds left and gave the Avalanche a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven series.

"When they scored again, it kind of took away from our flow," said Kings left wing Luc Robitaille.

Colorado played most of the game without captain Joe Sakic, who suffered a bruised right shoulder in the first period and did not return. But Milan Hejduk picked up a goal and two assists and Peter Forsberg added a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

"When you lose your captain and a player of his caliber, everybody else has to step up. Everybody gets more ice time," Forsberg said. "Tanguay and (Chris) Drury, particularly, benefited from the extra ice time and played really well."

Robitaille also scored on the power play for the Kings, who have lost two in a row after reeling off five straight playoff wins. They host Game Four on Wednesday night.

"I thought that probably the first game in their building, they probably deserved to win. The second game could have gone either way. And I thought that we deserved to win the game tonight," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said.

Rob Blake made an instant impact in his first game at the Staples Center since the Kings traded him to Colorado in February. Just 4:33 into the first period, he launched a slap shot from just outside the blue line that trickled through Potvin's pads for a 1-0 lead.

"I wasn't shooting to try to score. I just wanted to get it on net so we could start the backcheck," Blake said.

"We basically got a gift right at the start of the game that quieted the crowd pretty much," added Avalanche coach Bob Hartley. "After, we managed to play with the lead. The Kings, when they played with the lead, are a tough team to beat over here."

Blake was penalized for roughing at 14:50 and teammate Adam Foote joined him in the penalty box five seconds later, giving Los Angeles a two-man advantage. The Kings tied it at 16:17 as Robitaille deflected Palffy's centering attempt past Patrick Roy.

Sakic suffered the injury after he was sandwiched against the boards by Jozef Stumpel and Jere Karalahti.

"It's frustrating. It's a day-to-day thing. We'll see how it is Wednesday," Sakic said.

Forsberg broke the deadlock 10:43 into the second period with his second goal of the series. After Potvin stopped shots by Hejduk and Tanguay, Forsberg put in a rebound from the top of the crease to cap a play that started when the puck hit a linesman in the neutral zone.

The Avalanche dodged a bullet early in the third period after Ray Bourque took a phantom high-sticking penalty. Roy made a right arm save on Robitaille and Colorado managed to kill the power play even though Stephane Yelle had given his stick to defenseman Greg de Vries.

"Patrick gave us big saves," Hartley said.

Hejduk made it 3-1 at 8:21 of the third, ending a four-game scoring drought by converting a 2-on-1 with Forsberg.

Glen Murray answered on the power play 99 seconds later. After giving the puck to Bryan Smolinski, Murray drifted behind the net, came out at the right goalpost and scored his third goal of the series off the return feed.

Roy stopped 22 shots while Potvin made 17 saves and helped the Kings kill all six power plays.

"We need to avoid taking so many penalties," Robitaille said. "They're a great team and if you keep on giving them power-play opportunities, they're going to score. Even when they don't score, killing all those penalties drains your players."


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