LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, Michael Handzus connected on a power play, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday after losing scoring leader Anze Kopitar for at least six weeks because of a broken right ankle.
Kopitar was checked lightly by defenceman Ryan O’Byrne against the left boards in the Colorado zone before falling backward with 4:21 left in the second. He lay on the ice for several moments before he was helped off by Handzus and a trainer, and was hunched over in severe pain when he went to the dressing room.
Handzus connected on a power play for Los Angeles, Trevor Lewis and Willie Mitchell also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves to help the Kings tighten their grip on a playoff spot and complete their first four-game season sweep of the Colorado-Quebec Nordiques franchise. Captain Dustin Brown had two assists.
Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Washington 2 Montreal 0; Detroit 4 Toronto 2; Calgary 5 Edmonton 4 (SO); Los Angeles 4 Colorado 1; Philadelphia 4 New York Islanders 1; New York Rangers 1 Boston 0; Buffalo 2 New Jersey 0; Tampa Bay 4 Carolina 2; Anaheim 2 Chicago 1; San Jose 4 Phoenix 1; Nashville 4 Dallas 2; and St. Louis 6 Minnesota 3.
MONTREAL (AP)—Braden Holtby made 18 saves for his second shutout, Marco Sturm and Alexander Semin scored, and Washington sent Montreal to its third straight shutout loss.
Holtby, recalled from Hershey of the AHL earlier in the day, faced little offence from Montreal, which had not been held scoreless in three straight games since Oct. 23-29, 1949.
Washington, which has won 14 of 17, played its third straight game without injured captain Alexander Ovechkin. The Canadiens have been held without a goal for 186 minutes five seconds since Sunday, when they had their highest-scoring game in three years in an 8-1 win in Minnesota.
DETROIT (AP)—Jiri Hudler broke a third-period tie and added an assist, Henrik Zetterberg also had a goal and an assist and Detroit beat Toronto.
Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 14 saves before leaving 6:11 into the third period when Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul fell on him as Lupul tied it at 2.
Joey MacDonald stopped 10 shots in relief of Howard.
Nazem Kadri also scored for Toronto. James Reimer made 24 saves.
EDMONTON (AP)—Alex Tanguay scored in the first round of a shootout to give Calgary a comeback victory over the Oilers.
Calgary, down 4-1 early in the third period, is ninth in the Western Conference, a point behind eighth-place Chicago for the final playoff spot. The victory was only the Flames’ second in their last eight games.
Steve Staios forced overtime, beating Devan Dubnyk with a slap shot with 1:55 left in the third.
Jarome Iginla started the comeback with a power-play goal, his second of the game, at 5:55 of the third.
Curtis Glencross made it 4-3 with 7:51 left off an assist from Iginla.
Magnus Paajarvi, Teemu Hartikainen, Colin Fraser and Ryan Jones scored for Edmonton.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the first period and finished his first NHL hat trick in the third to help Philadelphia remain alone atop the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Carter staked the Flyers to the lead at 8:11, and van Riemsdyk made it 2-0 just 22 seconds later. Blake Comeau got the Islanders within a goal, but van Riemsdyk scored again before the period ended.
Van Riemsdyk’s 19th of the season made it 4-1 at 9:15 of the third during a power play and gave him his first three-goal game in 145 career contests. Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves.
Philadelphia beat the Islanders for the fifth time this season and has won 20 of 21 meetings between the division rivals. New York was eliminated from the playoff race.
BOSTON (AP)—Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for his NHL-leading 11th shutout, and Derek Stepan deflected Michael Sauer’s shot into the net for the only goal to lead New York past Boston.
The Rangers have won eight of their last 10 games. They are two points ahead of eighth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for Boston. The Bruins have lost seven of their last 10.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and Buffalo all but ended New Jersey’s playoff hopes.
Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek scored first-period goals to help the Sabres won their third straight and maintain their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Miller has 22 career shutouts.
The Devils were shut out on consecutive nights—and for the third time in five games—following a 1-0 shootout loss at Pittsburgh. They’ve gone 173:55 without scoring a goal.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Simon Gagne scored two goals, the second into an empty net in the final minute, to help Tampa Bay beat Carolina.
Tampa Bay, coming off a 4-3 home loss to Carolina on Friday night, broke the Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak and dropped them five points behind eighth-place Buffalo with seven games left in the season.
Gagne has 16 goals this season, six in five games against Carolina.
Martin St. Louis added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which broke a four-game winless streak. Dominic Moore also scored and Vincent Lecavalier had two assists.
Eric Staal and Erik Cole scored for Carolina.
CHICAGO (AP)—Corey Perry scored twice in third period and Anaheim’s surging top line powered the Ducks.
Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan assisted on each of Perry’s goals, continuing an amazing run by the unit. Perry has eight goals in his last five games, putting him one ahead of Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead, and Getzlaf has 10 helpers in his last four. Ryan has five assists in his last three games.
The Ducks closed a three-game trip with their seventh win in nine games, moving one point ahead of Chicago for seventh in the Western Conference.
Marian Hossa scored for Chicago, which had won three of four.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Antti Niemi made 25 saves, and Logan Couture scored twice for San Jose.
Niemi recorded his 31st victory of the season to help the Sharks open a four-point lead over Phoenix for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Since Jan. 15, Niemi is 22-4-4.
Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe also scored for San Jose.
Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes. The loss was only Phoenix’s second in its last 11 games.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Mike Fisher and David Legwand each scored twice to help Nashville extend its winning streak to six games.
Alex Goligoski and Brendan Morrow scored for Dallas.
Fisher gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 9:57 of the second period. Ryan Suter’s shot was blocked by goalie Kari Lehtonen. Fisher backhanded the rebound from the space between the left circle and the crease to beat Lehtonen to his stick side. Legwand closed out the scoring with an empty-netter.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Chris Stewart and David Backes scored 23 seconds apart in the second period, and Matt D’Agostini, Adam Cracknell, Alex Pietrangelo and Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis.
Antti Miettinen scored twice and Marek Zidlicky once for Minnesota, winless in eight straight for the first time since a nine-game streak from Jan. 19-Feb. 8, 2002.