NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix|
(Tuesday, February 21st)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Los Angeles 4 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Mikkel Boedker scored the winner in the final
round of the shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes took a 5-4 win over the Los
Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Dustin Brown had tied the shootout in the second round when he buried his shot
past Mike Smith, but Boedker got it back when he faked to the backhand and
shoved it in.
Jack Johnson then missed the net on his shot to give the Coyotes the win.
Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist while Shane Doan also scored two for
the Coyotes, who have won three straight and eight of nine. Smith made 25
saves in the win.
"This one felt really good tonight," said Doan. "We're on kind of a roll here,
but to rally the way we did tonight, it's nice."
Drew Doughty, Justin Williams, Brown and Andrei Loktionov all scored for the
Kings, who have lost five of their last six games. Jonathan Quick also stopped
The Kings held a 3-0 lead after 14:44, but the Coyotes' power play, which went
3-for-7 in the game, scored twice in the first 5:26 of the second period to
get the team back into the game.
"When you give up three power play goals on the road, you're going to have a
tough time winning," Kings head coach Daryl Sutter said.
The first goal came just 50 seconds in as Martin Hanzal sent a pass on the
rush from the left side to the right where Vrbata tapped it in.
Less than five minutes later, it was a 3-2 game on Doan's one-timer off a
bouncing pass from Hanzal at the right circle.
The Kings got one back at the 11:51 mark of the second on the power play
thanks to Williams' 12th of the season, but Phoenix made it a one-goal game
going into the third when Doan cleaned up a rebound at the left side with 2:53
left in the second.
A match penalty to Kyle Clifford gave the Coyotes a five-minute power play
with 6:13 to play and they tied the game with 2:27 left as Vrbata's heavy
wrister from the low left circle snuck underneath the crossbar.
Doughty got the Kings on the board 6:18 into the game when his big shot from
the high slot beat Smith cleanly.
With 7:28 to play in the first Loktionov's turnaround shot from the right side
snuck past Smith and it was a 3-0 game 2:12 later when a slap shot from Willie
Mitchell at the left point was tipped in by Brown.
Hanzal had three assists in the game...The Kings play in Colorado on
Wednesday...Phoenix hits the road for games in Calgary and Edmonton on
Thursday and Saturday...Both teams won three times in the season series...Los
Angeles was 1-for-3 on the power play.
02/22 01:42:07 ET