Darcy Kuemper, Avalanche blank Kings

Darcy Kuemper, Avalanche blank Kings

Darcy Kuemper secured 23 saves in his second straight shutout and the visiting Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Tuesday.Kuemper has five shutouts this season, including four since the All-Star break. He had a career-high 46 saves in a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.On Tuesday, Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and J.T. Compher scored one of two power-play goals for the Avalanche, who lead the NHL with 91 points (43-13-5).Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings, who have lost three of four and were shut out for the second time in three games.Colorado hit the post twice in the first four minutes before Rantanen fed Nichushkin on a power play and he scored from in close at 6:36. Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon each earned their 42nd assists of the season on the play.Compher tipped in a shot by Cale Makar with the man advantage to make it 2-0 with 31 seconds left in the second period.Rantanen scored his 29th goal of the season at 5:03 of the third to make it 3-0.Christian Wolanin appeared to score with 12:50 left and end the shutout, but the goal was waived off following an offsides review.


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