NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix|
(Thursday, March 20th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Phoenix 5 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Patrick O'Sullivan scored in the fourth round
of the shootout as the Los Angeles Kings blew a two-goal lead but recovered to
top the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-5.
Both squads were kept off the board in the first three rounds of the shootout,
before O'Sullivan beat Mikael Tellqvist with a stick side forehand blast.
Phoenix's Shane Doan tried to slip the puck behind Erik Ersberg on the ensuing
attempt, but the goaltender clamped his left leg to the post to give the Kings
O'Sullivan added a pair of assists for the Kings, who entered the game having
lost nine of 11. Tom Pressing scored a pair in the first period, while Dustin
Brown, Raitis Ivanans and Peter Harrold also tallied.
Alexander Frolov recorded a pair of helpers, and Ersberg stopped 35-of-40
shots to earn the win.
Doan had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who have lost four straight.
Keith Ballard, Steve Reinprecht, Enver Lisin and Keith Yandle also scored, and
Tellqvist allowed five goals on 36 shots.
After a six-goal flurry in the second, neither team scored until the Coyotes
had a 6-on-4 advantage with Matt Ellis in the penalty box for hooking and
Tellqvist on the bench in favor of an extra attacker.
Doan powered into the zone along the left boards and fired a centering
pass to Ballard, who one-timed the puck past Ersberg to force a 5-5 tie with
24.6 seconds remaining and send the game to overtime.
Neither team managed to push across the deciding goal in the five minute
overtime, forcing the shootout.
Preissing put the Kings on top 8:24 into the first period, controlling a
rebound of Frolov's shot and firing a backhander into the back of the net.
Lisin tied the game just about 3 1/2 minutes later, redirecting a pass from
Peter Mueller past Ersberg for a power-play goal, Lisin's second marker of the
Preissing picked up his second goal of the period on the power play with 41.9
seconds remaining, rifling a wrister from the slot through a screen and past
Tellqvist to give the Kings a 2-1 lead after one.
Phoenix again used the power play to tie the game, with Yandle blasting
a snap shot past Ersberg at the 6:05 mark of the second period. Brown
countered just under 2 1/2 minutes later, ripping a slapper past Tellqvist for
a shorthanded marker that restored LA's one-goal advantage.
The Kings stretched their lead to 4-2 one minute, 19 seconds later as Frolov
forced a takeaway in the Phoenix zone and slipped a pass to Ivanans, who beat
Tellqvist with a wrister.
Reinprecht's redirection of a Ballard shot cut the lead to 4-3 with 8:35 left
in the period, but Harrold pushed the lead back to two just 39 seconds later.
Phoenix capped the wild second period by converting on a 5-on-3 power play
with 2:34 left in the frame, as Doan slammed an errant shot from Mueller into
the back of the net to bring the Coyotes within 5-4 after 40 minutes of play.
Ersberg faced 20 shots in the third period, saving 19...Tellqvist denied all
eight Los Angeles shots in the overtime session...Phoenix finished 4-for-6 on
the power play, while Los Angeles was 1-for-6 with the man advantage...The
Kings had lost the first six contests in the season series before winning
03/21 01:25:58 ET