DENVER (AP) — Dustin Brown got the jump on a Colorado line change ahead of his game-winning shot.Brown scored on a breakaway 56 seconds into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings withstood a late comeback attempt by Colorado and beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night.“The puck got kicked into our zone Carl Soderberg Jersey ,” Brown said. “They were trying to get a change. I was coming out of the blue-line door — so that’s 30 or 40 feet for them to change, and I got in behind them.”Brown gathered in a pass from Jake Muzzin in the Avalanche zone and skated between the circles before sending a wrist shot past the stick of goalie Semyon Varlamov for the winner.Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Brown beat Colorado skaters into their zone.“You can’t hide in 3-on-3, so Mikko (Rantanen) changes and their guy is behind him,” Bednar said. “And then we were late coming on and it’s in the back of our net. You can’t let guys get in behind you 3-on-3 or they’re going to score. That’s it.”Sean Walker and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick had 22 saves and earned his 299th career win. He has 17 wins in 24 career games against the Avalanche.Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg scored for Colorado, which lost its fifth straight.With an extra attacker on the ice in place of their goalie, the Avalanche evened the score at 2-2 at 18:40 of the third period on a goal by Soderberg. Tyson Barrie’s shot from the point went off Soderberg’s skate and into the net past Quick. The outcome for Colorado mirrored its overtime loss Saturday to Chicago.“It’s unfortunate because it’s so quick — bang, bang — in overtime,” Erik Johnson said after Colorado fell to 1-8 in overtime games this season. “We clawed our way back so hard Gabriel Landeskog Jersey Kids , it’s tough to swallow. It was looking like we weren’t going to come up with anything, so we need those two points. We’ll take the single one right now, but it certainly stinks not to get that extra one.”Trailing 2-0, the Avalanche cut the deficit in half when MacKinnon finished a 2-on-1 break with a shot from in front that beat Quick. Rantanen set him up with a cross-ice pass that allowed MacKinnon to flick the puck over Quick’s glove.Walker, who had an apparent first-period goal negated by a goalie interference call, extended the Kings’ lead with a wraparound shot that got past Varlamov at 12:58 of the second period. It was the first NHL goal for Walker, who got the inside edge on Rantanen and stuffed the puck into the net through a narrow opening before Varlamov could get to the side and close it.“It was a roller coaster,” Walker said. “Pretty high and then pretty low. And then luckily Authentic J.T. Compher Jersey Fanatics Branded: New Adidas Breakaway Womens Youth Colorado Avalanche NHL Jerseys , I got the other one. You want to get your first one out of the way.”With the Kings on the power play, Doughty opened the scoring with a slap shot from the top of the right circle 22 seconds into the second period. Doughty scored off a feed from Tyler Toffoli.NOTES: At 5:40 of the first, the Kings had an apparent goal by Walker negated by goalie interference. Matt Luff was called for the infraction as he backed into goalie Semyon Varlamov at the same time Walker took his shot. … Colorado’s Tyson Barrie is one shy of tying John-Michael Liles (275) for most points by a defenseman in Avalanche franchise history. … The Kings have assigned F Michael Amadio to Ontario of the American Hockey League.UP NEXTKings: Complete back-to-back set at Las Vegas on Tuesday.Avalanche: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Making the playoffs was all but a given for the Washington Capitals. It’s still a big deal for the player whose late goal wrapped up their latest postseason berth.Nic Dowd scored on a deflection with 4:56 remaining, and the Capitals clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.Brett Connolly and Jakub Vrana scored and Braden Holtby made 24 saves. The reigning Stanley Cup champions scored twice in the third period to reach the 100-point mark for the fifth straight year and wrap up their 11th spot in the playoffs in 12 seasons.Still, it’s a first for Dowd — who never skated in a postseason game while playing the past three seasons for Los Angeles and Vancouver before signing a free-agent deal with Washington in the summer.“I’m excited. I’ve never even come close to making it, to clinching playoffs or even playing for it, so I’m really excited Youth Matt Nieto Jersey ,” Dowd said. “I’m sure the guys in here obviously kind of echo what I say, too. It’s just one of those things where you’re happy to get it out of the way, and then we can resume the rest of the season and play well and carry it into the playoffs.”Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Hurricanes, who lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since mid-January and missed out on an important two points that would have helped their chase for their first playoff berth in a decade.Carolina, which started the third period with a 2-1 lead, fell to 30-3-2 when leading after two periods.“We have to find a way to win these games, tight games, but I think the effort was there and it was a good effort by us Mikko Rantanen Jersey ,” center Sebastian Aho said. “We had lots of chances to win this game. Their chances, they made them count.”Washington’s game-winner came after Nick Jensen’s shot from the boards clipped Dowd’s stick and slipped between Curtis McElhinney’s pads.“Just got there and the puck happened to find me,” Dowd said. “Good timing, I guess.”That goal came about 3 minutes after Holtby’s best save of the night, gloving Niederreiter’s shot from about 10 feet, and Holtby then robbed Brett Pesce and Niederreiter again with about 90 seconds remaining.Alex Ovechkin — who entered with 49 goals — was held off the score sheet and missed a long shot toward an empty net with about 45 seconds remaining.McElhinney finished with 17 saves for Carolina, which went 0-3-1 this season against the Capitals and lost to them twice in a three-night span.“The fact that you got zero points from both games … we just have to bounce back from this,” Aho said.Jensen’s assist on the winner came after he was embarrassed on the goal by Foegele that put Carolina up 2-1 with 7:30 left in the second. The Hurricanes rookie juked past Jensen and beat Holtby with a forehand — then celebrated his first goal since Feb. 8 with an Ovechkin-style leap into the glass.Vrana tied it 95 seconds into the third when he took a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov Nathan MacKinnon Jersey , got behind two Hurricanes and slipped the puck between McElhinney’s legs.“It was a tight game, and we never stopped playing,” Vrana said.That came after Niederreiter put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 4:31 of the first when he poked a loose puck at the post past Holtby for his 13th goal in 31 games with Carolina. Connolly tied it 42 seconds later with his goal on a 2-on-1.NOTES: Vrana also hit the crossbar early in the first. … McElhinney was Carolina’s nominee for the Masterson Trophy, given to the player who exemplifies perseverance and dedication to the sport. … The Capitals’ nominee was D Brooks Orpik. … Carolina D Dougie Hamilton skated in his 500th career game.UP NEXTCapitals: Visit Tampa Bay on Saturday in a matchup of the East’s division leaders.Hurricanes: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.