Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Mar 26, 2011 8:05 PM by Jordan Mason

Kopitar breaks ankle in Kings' 4-1 win over Avs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, Michael Handzus connected on a power play, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday despite losing leading scorer Anze Kopitar for at least 6 weeks with a broken right ankle.

Kopitar, a five-year veteran center who leads Los Angeles with 73 points, was checked lightly by defenseman Ryan O'Byrne against the left boards in the Colorado zone before falling backward with 4:21 left in the second. He lay on the ice for several moments before he was helped off by Handzus and a trainer, and was hunched over in severe pain when he went to the dressing room.

The Kings refused to be specific, calling it a lower-body injury, but coach Terry Murray revealed the severity of it while addressing reporters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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