NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix|
(Thursday, October 21st)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Los Angeles 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Lee Stempniak netted his first career hat
trick, boosting Phoenix to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Andrew Ebbett scored shorthanded for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game
skid. Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves for Phoenix, which won despite
playing without captain Shane Doan. He started serving a three-game
suspension Thursday for his hit on Anaheim forward Dan Sexton in the
Coyotes' 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Sunday.
"It was a big game for us in terms of establishing our identity," Stempniak
said. "We've had a bit of a tough schedule, a bit erratic. It was good for us
to come here playing a strong team game."
Ed Jovanovski added three assists in the win.
Wayne Simmonds had the two goals for the Kings, who had a three-game winning
streak broken. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.
The Coyotes scored 4 1/2 minutes into the game as Stempniak was in front to
deflect Jovanovski's left point shot past Quick.
It became 2-0 just 2:54 later as Stempniak deposited a loose puck from in
front by the LA goaltender.
"We had some opportunities to recover pucks, but we just didn't come up with
them," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "It's about hard work, it's about
intensity, recovering pucks."
Ebbett scored shorthanded 5:49 into the second before Simmonds broke the
shutout less than three minutes later on a backhand try. A rebound of a Brad
Richardson shot went off the skate of Simmonds and past Bryzgalov with 2:41
Stempniak completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 34.6 seconds
Los Angeles has lost 10 of its last 14 at Phoenix...Bryzgalov is 12-4-2 in his
career against Los Angeles...The teams combined to go 0-for-5 on the power
10/22 01:52:08 ET