NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix
(Wednesday, December 31st)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Los Angeles 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season, as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked the Los Angeles Kings by a 4-0 score at Glendale Arena.
Shane Doan had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who posted their first win at their new home. Fredrik Sjostrom, Ladislav Nagy and Dan Cleary each lit the lamp as Phoenix improved to 2-2-4-1 in its last nine games. Sjostrom also added an assist.
Boucher made 14 saves in the first period, four in the second and turned aside three more in the third for his eighth career shutout.
Milan Hnilicka was peppered with 35 shots and stopped 31 of them. The Kings dropped to 0-2-4-1 in its last seven contests.
Phoenix opened the scoring on Sjostrom's goal 8:28 into the first period. Daymond Langkow was behind the net and fed a pass in front to Sjostrom, whose one-timer beat Hnilicka.
The Coyotes were on a 5-on-3 and Nagy's power-play goal made it 2-0 at the 12:11 mark. Doan sent the puck down low to Jan Hrdina, who quickly threaded a pass across the goal mouth to Nagy. Nagy then whacked the puck past the goaltender for his 17th goal.
Phoenix scored two quick goals early in the third period to put the game out of reach. Doan's 15th tally of the season 4:35 into the third made it 3-0 and Cleary's goal 19 seconds later completed the scoring.
Phoenix is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings with Los Angeles...Boucher posted his first shutout since October 31, 2001...Los Angeles fell to 1-7-2 in its last 10 trips to Arizona...The Coyotes cashed in once with nine chances on the power play, while LA went 0-for-2 with the extra skater.
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