NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Los Angeles|
(Thursday, October 24th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 7, Phoenix 4
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight King notched his first career hat
trick to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes
on Thursday at Staples Center.
King scored twice in LA's four-goal first period, but the Coyotes countered
with four straight goals to even the score early in the third.
The Coyotes seemed poised to pull in front when Jake Muzzin was sent off for
slashing at 3:31 of the third, but Mike Richards came up with a steal in the
neutral zone and sped in on a breakaway before stuffing a backhand past the
left pad of Thomas Greiss to give the Kings a 5-4 edge at 4:19.
Matt Frattin then added a tip-in tally before King capped his hat trick with
an empty-netter to help Los Angeles secure its third win in four games.
Anze Kopitar registered a goal and two assists, Jordan Nolan scored once, and
Jonathan Quick stopped 24-of-28 shots in the victory.
"It was up and down tonight but that's the challenge for us, it always has
been," Kopitar said. "We always have good spurts, and tonight the first period
was obviously a really good one but we have to maintain that."
Martin Hanzal potted a pair of goals and Jeff Halpern and Shane Doan both
scored once for the Coyotes, who had their point streak snapped at seven
Mike Smith allowed four goals on 15 shots in the first period before being
replaced by Greiss, who turned away 20 shots over the final 40 minutes.
A holding penalty against Antoine Vermette just 21 seconds into the game set
up LA's first goal, as Kopitar came up with a rebound in the left circle and
wristed a shot past Smith to make it 1-0 less than a minute in.
"We went out and we took a penalty the first shift," Phoenix head coach Dave
Tippett said. "In the offensive zone they scored, they got momentum and they
ran with it. Put us behind the eight ball. We crawled back into it and then we
gave it away again."
King's first of the night came at the 4:17 mark when he beat Smith with a
wrister from the right circle and after Nolan found the back of the net with a
wrister at 10:14, King tipped in Robyn Regehr's blast from the left point to
give LA a 4-0 cushion with 2:04 left in the first.
The Coyotes cut the margin in half with a pair of goals in the second, as
Halpern lit the lamp at 10:27 before Hanzal threw a backhand on net from below
the goal line that snuck past Quick to make it 4-2 with 5:38 left.
Hanzal added a power-play marker 1:51 into the third to trim the deficit to
one before Doan came up with a loose puck in the LA zone, wheeled around in
the high slot, and fired a low shot that slipped past Quick's right pad to tie
the game at 2:50.
King hadn't scored more than one goal in any game coming into the contest ...
The last time LA scored four goals in a period was Mar. 5, 2013, against the
St. Louis Blues ... Coyotes center Mike Ribeiro had his seven-game point
streak snapped ... Kopitar halted a 26-game scoreless drought, the longest of
his career ... Phoenix finished 1-for-4 on the power play.
10/25 01:52:16 ET