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NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix



(Thursday, December 29th)

Final Score: Phoenix 6, Los Angeles 5 (OT)

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Keith Ballard scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings, 6-5, at Glendale Arena.

Paul Mara added two goals and Curtis Joseph stopped 35 shots for Phoenix, which has won two in a row and four of its last five games.

Derek Armstrong had a hat-trick and Jason LaBarbera saved 20-of-26 shots for Los Angeles, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

With the game knotted at 5-5 in overtime, Mike Ricci dumped the puck into the zone for Ballard, who beat the defense down the ice and unleashed a wrister from the slot to win the game with 3:52 elapsed.

Phoenix opened the scoring 2:53 into the game, when Ladislav Nagy skated down the right circle with the puck on his backhand, switched to his forehand and put the puck around LaBarbera.

Phoenix then went up 2-0 on a Mara wrister from the left circle.

Los Angeles cut the lead in half 13:09 into the first frame, as Armstrong scored his first goal of the night on a redirected slapshot from Joseph Corvo.

Mike Comrie shot a wrister from the slot that went through the five-hole of LaBarbera for a power-play goal to put the Coyotes up 3-1 with 9:01 left in the second period.

Los Angeles came back 24 seconds later, as Steve Avery connected for the short-handed goal to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The Kings tied the game with 6:12 left in the second frame, when Michael Cammalleri skated from behind the net and backhanded the puck past the right shoulder of Joseph.

With just over a minute gone by in the third period, Phoenix jumped back in front, as Nagy left a drop pass just across the blue line, Ballard picked it up, skated down the slot and shot a wrister over the LaBarbera's right shoulder.

Los Angeles came back and tied the score at 4-4. Armstrong connected for a power-play goal, his second goal of the night, when he shot a wrister from the right of Joseph into the net 4:52 into the third stanza.

The Coyotes went in front 29 seconds later on the power play, as Mara shot a wrister from the high slot that went past LaBarbera low left into the net.

With 1:11 left in the in the third, the Kings tied the game once again on an Armstrong one-timer.

Game Notes

Nagy missed a penalty shot wide left 3:24 into the second period...Eric Belanger did not return to the Kings after suffering a lower-body injury in the third period...Aaron Miller was a scratch...This is the fourth game between the two teams, and the home team has won each time...Los Angeles is 11-9-1 on the road.

12/30 01:08:53 ET

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