NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix |
(Thursday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Los Angeles 0
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Curtis Joseph stopped all 21 shots he faced to
record his second shutout of the season and Paul Mara had a goal and two
assists, as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-0, at
Mike LeClerc and Shane Doan contributed a goal and an assist each and Krys
Kolanos added his second goal of the season for Phoenix, which snapped a two-
game losing streak.
"This is the standard by which we should monitor ourselves and play to,"
Joseph said. "We did a lot of good things right. We were smart and we were
able to hold the lead and hopefully we will do more of the same on the road."
Jason LaBarbera stopped 18 of 22 shots before being pulled in favor of backup
netminder Mathieu Garon to start the third period for the Kings, who had a
two-game winning streak snapped. Garon made seven saves.
"If you don't come ready to play with the puck real strong, there's no time to
get ready or get going," Mattias Norstrom said. "They came out hard in the
first period. Looking at the shots in the first period with a couple of
minutes to go, it was 14-1. There is no excuse for that."
Phoenix got on the scoreboard 6:29 into the first period after Doan unleashed
a wrist shot from left circle that beat LaBarbera short-side top shelf for the
The Coyotes pushed their lead to 2-0 just under four minutes later when
Kolanos beat LaBarbera with a wrist shot over his left shoulder from the right
Phoenix extended its lead to 3-0 with 11:01 remaining in the second period
after Leclerc swept a backhand shot into an open net. Mara blasted a slap
shot from the point that LeClerc knocked down. The puck fell right on the tape
of his stick and he beat a diving LaBarbera glove side for his sixth goal of
The Coyotes made it 4-0 with 5:47 left in the second after Mara tapped a
rebound past a sprawling LaBarbera. Ladislav Nagy entered the zone on a 3-
on-2 rush and made a drop pass to Boyd Devereaux, who one-timed a slap shot on
goal. LaBarbera made the initial save, but Mara batted the rebound into the
back of the net.
Phoenix improved to 4-2-1 at Glendale Arena this year, while the Kings fell to
3-2 on the road...Los Angeles had won three straight games in the series and
is 7-3-1 in the last 11 matchups. However, the Kings fell to just 2-8-2 in
their last 12 trips to Phoenix...This was the second of eight regular-season
meetings between these teams. The Kings won the series opener back on October
6 in LA, earning a 3-2 victory at the Staples Center...The Coyotes have scored
at least once on the power play in six straight games...L.A.'s Alexander
Frolov had his seven-game point-scoring streak snapped.
11/04 00:20:25 ET