NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix
(Thursday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ed Jovanovski scored in the third period and registered an assist on Scottie Upshall's game-winner later in the stanza, as the Coyotes upended the Kings, 2-1, in the opener of a home-and-home series between Western Conference non-playoff contenders.
Al Montoya, coming off a shutout in his NHL debut against Colorado on Wednesday, made 20 saves for Phoenix, which has won three straight.
"We didn't generate a lot to really test their goaltender very often," Kings head coach Terry Murray said.
Jonathan Quick turned away 30 shots for Los Angeles, which was mathematically eliminated from the playoff race with its ninth loss in 11 games.
Derek Armstrong scored the lone goal for the Kings on a wrister from in front with 2:30 remaining in the opening period.
After a scoreless second frame, Jovanovski redirected Shane Doan's cross-ice pass for his eighth goal of the season at the 6:08 mark of the third following a Kings turnover in their own zone.
The Coyotes seized the momentum and took the lead on an odd-man rush. With a full head of steam coming from the right side, Matthew Lombardi sent a backhanded centering pass to Upshall, who beat Quick through the five-hole with 5:54 remaining.
The Kings dug themselves a deeper hole by taking a pair of penalties trying to net the equalizer, which never came in yet another setback
"We battled back," Upshall said. "We had couple of big shifts to start us off [in the third period] and we carried the momentum with us the rest of the game."
These divisional foes will also play one another in Los Angeles on Saturday... Phoenix is 10-2-1 against LA since the start of the 2007-08 campaign, including 4-1 this season...LA's leading goal scorer, Alexander Frolov (28), missed his fifth straight game due to a groin strain.
04/03 02:22:15 ET