DENVER — A good team captain will do anything to give his guys a boost, not that the Kings’ Mattias Norstrom particularly wants to volunteer for target-practice duty any time soon. The Kings trailed by two goals in the second period when Norstrom took a dangerous and dubious hit from Colorado’s Brad May directly in front of the penalty boxes, and the hit provided the impetus the Kings needed to rally for a 5-4 deficit over the Avalanche before 18,007 at the Pepsi Center. “I don’t know if that was the turning point, but we got a little fire back in our game,” Norstrom said. Craig Conroy provided the biggest spark, as he scored with 59 seconds remaining to break the tie. Conroy, who also had three assists, skated hard to the net and was in position when Alexander Frolov played the puck behind the net and fired a perfect centering pass to Conroy. In the Kings’ estimation, the hockey gods probably owed them one. Exactly two weeks after they blew a four-goal lead in their season opener at Dallas, the Kings trailed 4-1 early in the second period but managed to cut out their mistakes, particularly in net, and rally for their fifth victory in seven games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I can’t say we deserved to be down 4-1,” Norstrom said. “We deserved to win that game.” The victory drew smiles from most, but more of a sigh of relief from goaltender Mathieu Garon, who is locked into a rotation with Jason LaBarbera as the Kings remain unsure of their long-term plans. Garon endured a dreadful first period, in which he allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced, but coach Andy Murray stuck with Garon, who saved 12 of 13 shots in the final two periods. “I was happy for Mathieu; that was a big win for him,” Murray said. “We stuck with him and he stuck with us. In my opinion, if we had removed him it would have been an excuse for the rest of the players, and we weren’t about to do that.” Murray’s faith was rewarded, particularly with 1:15 remaining in the second period when Garon stopped a breakaway attempt by Colorado’s Joe Sakic. The Kings tied the game 4-4 just 51 seconds later, when Eric Belanger whipped a cross-ice pass to Sean Avery for a one-time goal. “(Murray) showed some confidence when he left me in,” Garon said. “It would have been easy to pull me out.” Murray’s message, sent by leaving Garon in the game, didn’t escape notice, “He said, ‘Mathieu is going to play the rest of the game and he’s going to shut them down,” and that’s what he did,” Conroy said. “He was able to make some key saves at key times in the game.” KINGS NOTES: Just three days after he suffered a groin strain, Robitaille played Wednesday. Robitaille hasn’t missed a game to injury since the 1999-2000 season. “We taped it and it feels pretty good,” Robitaille said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!