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Toews, Makar lead Avalanche to 3-2 win over Kings

Devon Toews scored twice for his first multigoal game and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Saturday night.

Cale Makar had a goal and an assist for the second straight game, Jonas Johansson made 16 saves and the Avalanche won for the fourth time in five games.

Rasmus Kupari scored his first career goal, Sean Walker had a goal and an assist, and the Kings lost both games of a back-to-back to the Avalanche. Cal Petersen made 27 saves.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) celebrates his goal with right wing Mikko Rantanen during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMarcio Jose Sanchez)

Colorado scored first for the 35th time in 53 games, going ahead on Toews’ eighth goal. The Kings couldn’t clear the puck after being caught in transition, leaving it for Toews to collect and score on a wrist shot from the left circle.

The Avalanche struck on the power play to make it 2-0, with Makar burying his fourth goal with the man-advantage on a one-timer through traffic at 10:31.

Walker got the Kings back within 2-1 at 13:58 after Gabriel Vilardi found him charging in on goal.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) reaches for the puck next to Los Angeles Kings left wing Brendan Lemieux (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMarcio Jose Sanchez)

But Toews pushed the lead back to 3-1 at 9:45 of the second, beating Petersen with a wrist shot from the left circle. Toews leads Avalanche defensemen with nine goals.

Makar had the primary assist, marking his sixth game this season where he scored and set up goals. He has 11 total multipoint games.

Kupari, the Kings’ first-round selection in 2018, made it 3-2 at 5:21 of the third. It was his first point in four career games.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Walker celebrates after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMarcio Jose Sanchez)

Los Angeles made a strong push in the closing minutes, but Johansson broke up a centering pass by Anze Kopitar to Andreas Athanasiou during a 2-on-0 break with less than six minutes to go and Gabriel Landeskog blocked Adrian Kempe's shot in the final three seconds.

ON FIRE

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky had two assists for the second straight game. He has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak.

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar directs his team during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMarcio Jose Sanchez)

IN AND OUT

Colorado defenseman Patrik Nemeth played after leaving in the second period Friday because of an upper-body injury.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen (40) gives up a goal on a shot from Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews, not seen, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMarcio Jose Sanchez)

UP NEXT

Avalanche: At Vegas on Tuesday night.

Kings: Host St. Louis on Monday night.

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