NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Los Angeles
(Friday, December 26th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Shane Doan's power-play marker in the late stages of the second period proved to be the game-winner and lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the opener of a home-and-home set at the Staples Center.
Doan also set up Peter Mueller in the first period, while Ilya Bryzgalov was sensational between the pipes for Phoenix, stopping 24 shots as the Coyotes halted a brief two-game slide.
"Shane (Doan) has played very well - one of the best years I've seen him have," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "He's a tremendous captain and has been a good leader for our group. It's probably been the best hockey I've seen him play. It's great to see him score some big goals. It's definitely what a great leader does and he's done a great job of it."
Peter Harrold found the back of the net for Los Angeles, which has dropped five of its last six games. Jonathan Quick was solid for the Kings, making 24 saves.
Mueller hammered a feed from Doan behind Quick with 9:16 remaining in the opening frame, then the Coyotes stretched the margin to two on the man advantage.
A wrister from the right point by Olli Jokinen was redirected in the slot by the Phoenix captain between the legs of Quick with 2:17 to go in the middle stanza.
Los Angeles answered on the power play in the third period. With Dustin Brown perched in front of Bryzgalov, Harrold let fly a drive from the blue-line that beat the screened netminder on the blocker side at 8:49.
The Kings pulled Quick in the waning moments, but couldn't produce the tying goal.
"Well you can't play a game in the NHL and play only 20 minutes and expect to win, those days are done," said Kings head coach Terry Murray. "You have to come and play right from the beginning, you have to play 60 minutes hard, intense, and very heavy hockey, and in the first two periods we were not going, we didn't have it. The third period was what we needed for the 60 minutes."
The Coyotes are 5-1-3 over their last nine games...Phoenix will host Los Angeles on Saturday...The Coyotes hold a 2-0-0 edge in the season series and have won 10 of the last 13 meetings with the Kings.
12/27 01:48:42 ET