LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johathan Quick tied a Kings club record with his NHL-leading 34th victory of the season and the Los Angeles got goals from Anze Kopitar, Brad Richardson and Oscar Moller to beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Saturday night.
In the final game for both teams before the Olympic break, the U.S. Olympic goalie earned his second shutout this season and sixth of his career with 22 saves while matching Mario Lessard's win total from 1980-81.
The Kings are fourth in the Western Conference with 78 points, one fewer than last season, when they missed the playoffs for the sixth straight time. U.S. Olympian Jack Johnson had two assists in the opener of the four-game season series.
Craig Anderson, who lost out to Quick for one of the spots on Team USA, made 20 saves in his 16th consecutive start, which tied Patrick Roy's Avalanche record from 1998-99. The franchise mark of 26 is held by Ron Tugnutt, who did it in 1990-91 with the Quebec Nordiques.
The Kings, 23-0-0 in games they've led after two periods, opened the scoring at 11:19 of the second — less than 1½ minutes after killing off a 5-minute boarding major against Scuderi for shoving Chris Durno headfirst into the boards in the right corner of the Kings' zone.
Richardson dug the puck out of a scrum along the left boards and passed it back to Rob Scuderi before heading toward the slot and tipping Scuderi's 50-foot slap shot past Anderson's glove for his eighth goal.
Rich Clune, playing in his second NHL game, recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Richardson's eight goal and also assisted on Kopitar's power-play goal with 16:12 remaining. Clune also got his first fighting major when he was tested by Colorado enforcer Cody McLeod at 2:29 of the opening period.
Kopitar beat Anderson through a screen from with a wrist shot from the right circle while Durno was off for boarding. Kopitar's has 28 goals, one more than he had in 82 games last season. Moller made it 3-0 with 12:58 to play.
Colorado's Adam Foote was scratched after straining his back in the second period of Friday's home win against Phoenix, and fellow defenseman Kyle Cumiskey was sidelined with a concussion that occurred in the same game.
Replacing them on the blueline were John-Michael Liles and Ruslan Salei. Liles, in the second year of a four-year, $16.4 million contract, was a healthy scratch the previous four games. Salei played in only his second game this season and his first since undergoing back surgery in December. He was a healthy scratch the last three games after being medically cleared to play.
Immediately following the game, a ceremony was held to acknowledge the eight players who will be representing their respective teams at the Olympics. The Kings are also sending Drew Doughty (Canada) and Michal Handzus (Slovakia). The Avalanche will be sending Salei (Belarus), Paul Stastny (U.S.) and Peter Budaj (Slovakia).
NOTES: Salei's only other game this season was on Oct. 8, when he was on the ice for 19 minutes in a 3-2 loss at Nashville. ... The Avalanche were 0 for 3 on the power play, and are just 3 for 35 over their last 10 games.