NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, December 29th)
Final Score: Phoenix 6, Los Angeles 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Scottie Upshall had a goal and two assists
while Shane Doan scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes broke out of their
offensive slump with a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots for
the Coyotes, who came into the game having lost three of four and scoring just
one goal in each of those contests.
"It was nice to get some goals out there today, considering what we had done
the previous couple of games," said Doan. "Especially against LA when they
kept coming back and we were able to respond."
Kyle Turris notched a goal while Brett MacLean scored in his first NHL game as
Phoenix won for the fourth straight time against Los Angeles.
Marco Sturm, Brad Richardson and Ryan Smyth each had a goal for the Kings, who
came into the contest with a four-game winning streak. Jonathan Quick was
pulled midway through the second after giving up six goals on 18 shots.
Jonathan Bernier finished the contest in net and stopped all 13 shots he
"We didn't play in any area of the game," said Los Angeles head coach Terry
Murray. "They came out and were ready to play from the first shift on."
It was a wild first period as the teams combined for seven goals with the
Coyotes holding a 4-3 lead after the dust settled.
Doan notched the first goal of the game 5:31 in and was countered by
Richardson a little over two minutes later.
Just under two minutes after the Richardson goal, Phoenix again scored as
Keith Yandle sent a pass from the left circle to the low right side where
Whitney tapped it in.
Skating on the power play, the Kings tied the game as Drew Doughty blasted a
shot from the left point that Smyth redirected past Bryzgalov with 8:36 left
in the opening frame.
The Coyotes again took the lead when Upshall threw the puck into the net from
the left side during a scramble in front and it was a 4-2 game on a power play
when Upshall threw a pass from the low left side to the right where MacLean
redirected it into the net with 4:26 left in the first.
The Kings got one back just 33 seconds later as Anze Kopitar's wraparound from
the left side was stopped, but Sturm was there to slam home the rebound.
Doan's seventh goal of the season came 6:11 into the second period to provide
Phoenix with some breathing space and Turris scored midway through the stanza
for a 6-3 lead.
Bryzgalov stopped nine shots in the second and turned aside all eight he faced
in the third to preserve the win.
The Coyotes have won three in a row at home over Los Angeles...The Kings host
Philadelphia on Thursday...Phoenix plays in St. Louis on New Year's Eve...Los
Angeles went 1-for-2 on the power play while Phoenix was 2-for-5.
12/30 01:17:21 ET