Ah, some balance. The ice is no longer tilted. The discrepancy isn't so obvious.

With the NHL's best road record (6-1) but the only team to have failed to produce a point at home, the Avalanche made some amends Sunday night with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center.

"I think the guys can maybe breathe a little bit easier now," Avs coach Joe Sacco said after his road-warrior team improved to 1-3 at home.

Struggling young forward Matt Duchene was the hero in a game in which Colorado produced only 16 shots but never trailed. Duchene's wrister through the legs of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty? and over the shoulder of goalie Jonathan Quick 1:52 into the third period broke a 2-2 tie.