Kings 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)

The Avalanche hopes that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Despite the continued superb play of Paul Stastny and TJ Hensick, the Avalanche fell to the Los Angeles Kings last night in a shootout for their first loss of the pre-season.  The game was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Tyler Arnason scored first for the Avalanche in the first period, assisted by Hensiiick.  Paul Stastny scored in the second period to move the Avs up 2-1, but, true to last season's form, the team lost the lead in the third period.

Nobody scored during overtime but the Kings notched two shootout goals while Colorado was blanked.  Despite the loss, the Avs continue to lead the Northwest Division in the pre-season with seven points (3-0-1).

Tyler Weiman played the entire game in net, stopping 27 of 29 and proving his value once again.  If Jose Theodore isn't ready when the season starts (he's recovering from minor knee surgery), Weiman will be Peter Budaj's backup.  Otherwise, he'll be spending his time as the starter in Cleveland with the Lake Erie Monsters.

As for the rest of the team, apparently there wasn't a single statistician on hand at the MGM Grand in Vegas because I can't find a decent score sheet anywhere.  Hopefully one turns up today.

The Avalanche play two final pre-season games at home, one against the Stars and another against the Coyotes.  Then, the real fun starts.  

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