Heartbreaking loss = turning point.

Such a distinctive moment doesn't surface often, but that's what transpired when the Kings lost a game in the final five seconds two weeks ago at Detroit.

Slumping shoulders? Hardly.

The Kings have been surging since that dreary afternoon, winning five of their last six and their last three games. Saturday's rare matinee offering was the latest evidence of the turning-point theory as the Kings defeated Colorado, 4-1, at Staples Center

They seized control with a goal in the first minute by captain Dustin Brown and built on that foundation with goals from Jeff Carter, Trevor Lewis and Anze Kopitar. Then they proceeded to smother the Avalanche in the third period. Carter, who has a team-leading nine goals, has scored five goals in the last six games and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

"It's a start, yeah," Carter said. "We're moving in the right direction. We're getting points and starting to play some pretty full games. We still have some areas we have to improve on."