NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Los Angeles
(Thursday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Phoenix 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Kings edged the Coyotes, 1-0, at Staples Center.
Jarret Stoll's power-play tally in the third period was the lone offense as the Kings won for the fourth time in five games. Bernier started for the first time since February 24, playing in place of Jonathan Quick.
"There was no message there," said Kings head coach Terry Murray. "Bernier's played very well the last outings that he's had."
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 17-of-18 shots in Phoenix's fifth consecutive loss.
The game was deadlocked for more than 52 minutes, but the Kings broke the tie with Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the penalty box for a high stick.
Los Angeles worked the puck around the zone before Anze Kopitar, behind the goal line, found Stoll at the point with a strong pass. Stoll unleashed a slap shot that got through traffic and Bryzgalov at 12:13.
The Coyotes put together several rushes and pressured in the Kings' zone in the final minute, but Bernier held strong.
"Unfortunately, it seemed like whoever was going to get the first goal was going to win that game," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. "Unfortunately, they got a bounce that went off the shin pad and in, and we couldn't get the one to tie it."
The Kings have won the last two matchups after dropping the first three this season...Phoenix was 0-for-3 on the power play...LA improved to 3-1-0 on its six-game homestand, which continues Saturday against Vancouver.
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