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Jeff Carter scores 24th goal, and LA Kings hold off Colorado 3-2 with a perfect shootout

  • Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, left, and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie battle for the puck during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Sami Aittokallio, of Finland, deflects a shot during the first period of their NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, below, shoots but is unable to score on Colorado Avalanche goalie Sami Aittokallio, top, of Finland, as defenseman Jan Hejda, of the Czech Republic, watches during the first period of their NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

  • Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod, right, tries to get a shot in on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of their NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Sami Aittokallio, of Finland, makes a glove save during the second period of their NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

Jeff Carter scored his 24th goal and scored again in the shootout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved back into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Mike Richards scored in the first period and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who ended a two-game losing streak. Captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar also scored in Los Angeles' 3-for-3 shootout against Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Patrick Bordeleau scored his first career goal with 14:55 to play to even it for the last-place Avalanche, who nearly pulled another upset in Southern California.

Paul Stastny also scored for Colorado, which ended a 14-game, road-losing streak since Feb. 14 with a 4-1 win at powerful Anaheim on Wednesday.