DENVER -- Center Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist, center Jeff Carter had a goal and assist, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Defenseman Robyn Regher and center Jarret Stoll also had goals for the Kings, who started their playoff push with a much-needed win.
The Kings stumbled into the break after going 2-8-1 before the Olympic Games. The 2012 Stanley Cup champs are trying to hold onto the third place and the last guaranteed playoff seed in the Pacific Division.
They took a positive step Wednesday, rallying from a two-goal deficit to beat a surging Colorado team. Kopitar netted the game-winner early in the third when he patiently waited for the puck to land at the goal mouth before shoving it in. It was his 19th of the season.
Goaltender Martin Jones, playing for Olympian Jonathan Quick, made it stand. His best save came on left winger Gabriel Landeskog with 5:59 left.
Jones finished with 25 saves.
Colorado got another power play and pulled goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:10 left but could not get the equalizer.
Kings right winger Justin Williams scored an empty-net goal with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Center Ryan O'Reilly and left winger Jamie McGinn had a goal and assist each for Colorado. Right wing P.A. Parenteau and defenseman Andre Benoit also scored.
The Avalanche entered the Olympic break with 79 points, the third best start in franchise history after 58 games.
It was not the best way for them to close out the final stretch of the season, especially after a strong start to Wednesday's game. They got three power-play goals to take a 4-2 late in the second period.
Regher gave L.A. a 1-0 lead in the first before goals by O'Reilly and Parenteau made it 2-1 Colorado after the first period.
Stoll tied it 24 seconds into the second, but goals by McGinn and Benoit gave Colorado a 4-2 lead late in the second. Kopitar and Carter scored 2:04 apart to tie it heading into the third.
It was Carter's 21st of the season.
Giguere stopped 22 shots
NOTES: Avalanche D Erik Johnson served the first game of his two-game suspension for his slash on New York Islanders C Frans Nielsen on Feb. 8. D Cory Sarich, who returned after missing 13 games with a back injury, replaced Johnson in the lineup. ... The Kings recalled G Martin Jones from Manchester of the AHL and reassigned G J.F. Berube to Manchester. ... Avalanche RW Maxime Talbot was scratched because his fiancee went into labor with the couple's first child. ... Los Angeles D Jordan Nolan briefly left the game in the second after crashing into the boards when he missed a check on Colorado LW Patrick Bordeleau. He returned later in the period.