A continuous offensive attack was not enough to override a tough second period for the Avalanche on Wednesday night.

In a late-night, nationally televised game at the Pepsi Center, the Los Angeles Kings overcame a large shots disadvantage to win 4-1 and snap the Avs' modest two-game winning streak.

"We're going to forget this one like we've been forgetting about our wins," Avs forward Matt Duchene said.

The defending Stanley Cup champions got 42 saves from goalie Jonathan Quick and two fortuitous bounces in the long-awaited first game of the season between the Western Conference rivals.

Jeff Carter's redirection goal tied it 1-1, and the Kings took over with a three-goal second period.

"Our guys deserved better," Avs coach Patrick Roy said. "Their goalie played really well. He made a lot of great saves. That's part of the game sometimes."

Colorado, which reached 40 shots for just the fifth time this season, allowed a late empty-net goal while playing short-handed.

The Avs outshot L.A. 12-7 en route to taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Colorado was playing well, and judging from its 30-17 shots advantage after two periods, you would think it would still be leading.