After losing their 2013 season opener at home on Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings dropped their first road game of the year on Tuesday, 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche. The Kings showed unbelievable poise on the road during last years championship run, winning 10 of 11 playoff games away from Staples Center. That poise was none existent Tuesday, as the Kings threw away a third period lead, giving in to the home teams late charge.
Kyle Clifford put the Kings ahead 15:52 into the first period, and the 1-0 lead was enough to carry the team through the first two periods. The third period was a different story. The Avalanche came out with more energy and speed, hitting the Kings with three unanswered goals to ice the game. The Avalanche got its third period goals from Gabriel Landeskog, David Jones, and P.A. Parenteau, improving their record to 1-1-0.
Los Angeles hadn't lost a game in regulation when leading after two periods since the Phoenix Coyotes came back to defeat them in the third period on April 2, 2009. With the victory, the Avalanche ended the Kings' impressive 92-game streak at 83-0-9. The Kings will play their next game on the road again, Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.Tags: Hockey, Kyle Clifford, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL