NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix
(Wednesday, March 10th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Nathan Dempsey notched a goal and an assist while Cristobal Huet turned aside 22 shots, as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Phoenix Coyotes for the second straight night with a 3-1 victory at Glendale Arena.
Alexander Frolov and Luc Robitaille also scored for the Kings, who are 2-2-1 in their last five. Los Angeles, which captured the opener of the home-and- home set with a 3-2 win on Tuesday, now sits in a tie for sixth place with Calgary in the Western Conference playoff race.
"We really wanted to (focus) on these two games with all the teams so densely in the playoffs," said Dempsey of the importance of the home-and-home sweep. "We wanted to get both of them."
Mike Comrie recorded a goal for the second consecutive game for Phoenix, which remained winless in 10 straight (0-6-2-2). Brian Boucher started between the pipes and allowed three goals on 21 shots in the setback.
At 4:50 of the opening period, LA opened up a 1-0 lead on Robitaille's 20th goal of the season. After scoring the winning goal in Tuesday's game, Robitaille found himself all alone in front of the net after a clearing attempt by Phoenix hit the skate of the linesman along the right boards. He waited out Boucher, who went down in the butterfly position, and beat him upstairs.
With just under five minutes to play in the first, the Coyotes tied it up on Comrie's eighth goal. After a flurry of missed passes and deflections, the puck ended up in the goal mouth, where Comrie was in the right place at the right time and slid the disc past Huet at the 15:06 mark.
Another goal aided by a skate, this one on the power play, put the visitors ahead 2-1 in the early portion of the middle session. Frolov tried to center the puck from the back left boards, but the disc deflected off the skate of Coyotes' blueliner Paul Mara and under Boucher with 4:06 gone in the period.
The Kings got an insurance goal with nearly 16 minutes to play in regulation when Dempsey wound up and blasted home a slap shot from the right circle. It was the ninth goal of the season for the recently-acquired blueliner.
"I happen to be coming off the point and was able to get a clean shot on net," said Dempsey.
Los Angeles played a disciplined third period, giving up just four shots on goal and staying out of the penalty box, and held on for the victory.
"The third period we were very business like," said Kings' coach Andy Murray.
Robitaille reached the 20-goal plateau for the 16th time in his amazing career...Coyotes center Mike Rupp, acquired from the New Jersey Devils last week, is sidelined indefinitely with a shoulder injury that he suffered on Tuesday...The season series is now 2-2-1, but LA is 6-3-1 in the last 10 matchups...The Kings won for just the second time in 11 tries at the Coyotes, who finished scoreless on four power-play chances...The Kings ended 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
03/11 00:59:01 ET