Kings Beat the Avalanche as Richardson Scores a Hat Trick

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Brad Richardson #15 of the Los Angeles Kings warms up before playing against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings took the ice in Denver with a key defensemen, and assistant captain, making his season debut in Matt Greene. Greene had been recovering since undergoing shoulder surgery in July.

The first period began with a goal from Alexei Ponikarovsky, his first as a King,  just 1:12 in. After the early goal, the momentum shifted and Colorado took pace for the majority of the first frame. The Avalanche would score two of their own by Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny. Anze Kopitar would also a net a first period power play goal to head into the first intermission knotted up at two.

Brad Richardson and Dustin Brown each scored in the second period for the Kings and Stastny would chalked up his second goal of the night for Colorado. Milan Hejduk would tie things up with a power play goal 11:34 into the third period but Richardson would net his second of the night on a short handed goal just minutes later. Richardson would later close the door on the Avalanche, and record his first career hat trick with 2:55 remaining.

When asked if having a hat trick against a team that traded him away, Richardson had this to so, “That was the first time I got traded, but yeah, it does feel good to get it against your former team, for sure. There are obviously no hard feelings. It was great to play here and I loved being here, but it’s a little sweeter I guess…”

The Kings special teams also played a key roll in the game. Entering the game, the Kings power play unit had only converted in 1 of 21 opportunities this season and were a minus 1 of the ice. Meanwhile, the penalty kill was outstanding, allowing only two goals all season. Against the Avalanche the Kings were 2 of 5 on the power play, 11% on the season, and 5 of 7 on the penalty kill, 88%.

Three Stars of the Game:
1st: Brad Richardson
2nd: Paul Stastny
3rd: Milan Hejduk

Winning Goaltender:
Jonathan Quick

Losing Goaltender:
Craig Anderson

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  • Dominick

    Richardson was a beast tonight. Constantly ahead of the play, or forcing the Avs to at least make bad dicisions. If he played like that every night he’d be making a couple million a year, playing as a top 6. He started to really come on towards the end of last season, so hopefully he’s getting an early start this season.

    • Ruben Segura

      Well put Dominick, it seems like Richardson i really coming to his own. His hat trick is more proof of just how strong how the Kings are this year from top to bottom.

  • Dominick

    Are you guys “representin” at the Insider suite November 11th? Hope to meet you.

    • Ruben Segura

      I wont be in the Kings Insider suite but i will be at that game. I’ll be sitting in Premier seating with suite level access. Would be great to meet you Dominick.

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  • http://www.theIEsolution.com Gavin Humes

    I’m not sure if I’ll get the chance to go to that game this time, since it’s a busy time for work for me. I certainly hope I’ll be able to make it for sure, it sounds like a blast!