NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix|
(Saturday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored the go-ahead goal early
in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings held on for 4-3 triumph over the
Phoenix Coyotes to split their home-and-home set.
Drew Doughty, Justin Williams and Alec Martinez each lit the lamp for the
Kings, who snapped a three-game slide and avenged their 2-0 loss to Phoenix on
Jonathan Quick stopped 23-of-26 shots for the victors.
"We know the importance of every game," Los Angeles head coach Terry Murray
said. "Whenever you win on the road, it's critical that you use it to
reinforce the idea of solid play and bringing that kind of energy. That's
something that we have to do every game the rest of the way."
Lee Stempniak tallied two goals for the Coyotes, who have lost three of their
last four contests. Ilya Bryzgalov gave up four goals on 33 shots in the loss
and Martin Hanzal notched a goal.
With 1:43 left in the middle stanza, Stempniak squared the game away at three
to cap off Phoenix's three-goal rally. He took a short pass from Taylor Pyatt
and ripped a wrister from inside the left circle that went low past Quick.
The Kings came out hard in the final frame and it paid off less than five
minutes in. Jack Johnson blasted a shot from the right point. The shot was
deflected by a crowd in front, but a diving Stoll chipped in a backhand to put
LA up 4-3.
The Coyotes couldn't knot the game up the despite pulling Bryzgalov for a 6-
on-5 advantage with 96 seconds left. Quick ended up with 10 saves in the final
frame to preserve the win.
Los Angeles didn't take long to score after being held scoreless by Phoenix
just two days prior. Just 1:22 in, Ryan Smyth's pass set up a Williams'
breakaway goal for a 1-0 lead.
The lead grew to two, 2-0, six minutes later after Drew Doughty used a crafty
move to get open long enough to blast a slap shot from the top of the right
circle past Bryzgalov.
Still in the opening period, the two teams traded goals in a 52-second span.
LA took a brief 3-0 edge off of Martinez's slap shot at the 13:33 mark, and
Phoenix got on the board on Stempniak's shot off of Pyatt's blocked wrist
"They came out and took it to us right from the start," Stempniak said. "We
give ourselves some credit for coming back and making it a game at the end but
it is tough to come back from a hole like that."
It became a one-goal game just three minutes into the second period off of
Hanzal's power-play goal. Keith Yandle set up the score with a pass to
Hanzal, who finished with a backhander from in tight.
Los Angeles avoided a sixth straight loss to division-rival Phoenix...The
Coyotes were 1-for-2 on the power play, while LA blanked on three man-
advantages...Smyth ended with two assists...Pyatt also has two assists.
01/23 00:01:24 ET