Originally created 05/01/01

Avalanche 4, Kings 3



LOS ANGELES -- Milan Hedjuk had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Monday night to take the lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Peter Forsberg added a goal and an assist to help Colorado take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Avalanche won for the first time at Staples Center after going 0-4 the two regular seasons at the 2-year-old arena.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The Kings twice fell behind by two goals in the final period only to narrow the gap each time, the last on Ziggy Palffy's score with 40 seconds remaining.

Rob Blake opened the scoring against his former Los Angeles teammates with a 65-foot slap shot that got past goalie Felix Potvin just 4:33 into the game.

After Forsberg snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the second period, Hedjuk made it 3-1 at 8:21 of the third period.

Glen Murray scored for the Kings on a power play 1:39 later.

Defenseman Jon Klemm restored Colorado's two-goal pad, which proved to be just enough, when he scored 34 seconds later.