NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Los Angeles
(Thursday, October 6th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Phoenix 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov and Pavol Demitra each had a goal and an assist for the Los Angeles Kings, who continued their dominance at home over the Phoenix Coyotes with a 3-2 win at the Staples Center.
Goaltender Jason LaBarbera stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Kings, who have not lost at home versus the Kings since October 15, 2000.
Andy Murray became the winningest head coach in franchise history, passing Bob Pulford on the all-time list with his 179th victory. Wayne Gretzky, meanwhile, has yet to pick up his first 'W' as a head coach, dropping both contests thus far at the helm for Phoenix.
Luc Robitaille also scored for the Kings, who rebounded from a Wednesday loss to Dallas, in which they blew a 4-0 lead and were beaten 5-4.
"We wanted to play harder ... than we did (on Wednesday)," said Murray. "We were able to get better positioning."
Krystofer Kolanos and Oleg Saprykin had a goal each for the Coyotes, and goaltender David Leneveu made 25 stops.
The Coyotes struck first on a power play goal 9:22 into the game. Kolanos took a feed from Brett Hull along the back line, and took a bad-angle shot that nudged past LaBarbera short side.
The Kings, however, would register three unanswered goals. Robitaille unleashed a hard slapshot from the right circle that beat Leneveu high and left with just over four minutes remaining in the first, and L.A. followed with two straight power play goals in the second.
Frolov stuffed home a Demitra slapshot from the right circle on a 5-on-4 midway through the period. Three minutes later he threaded a pass through two defenders to a surging Demitra, who lit the lamp to put the Kings up by two at the 11:28 mark.
Saprykin brought the Coyotes to within one in the latter stages of the second period, corralling a centering feed from Mike Johnson before sliding it past LaBarbera stick side at 14:22.
Phoenix put together several surges throughout the rest of the game, particularly in the closing moments of the third period when they were skating 5-on-3, but LaBarbera was able to keep the puck in front of him.
"Jason played real solid," said Murray. "I'm sure he would have like to have had that first goal back, but he was solid (Thursday)."
Gretzky was treated to a nice applause from Kings fans before the start of the game. He played for L.A. from 1988-96. The Coyotes lost 3-2 at Vancouver on Wednesday...L.A. is 6-0-5 in its last 11 home games versus the Kings....The Kings are 7-0-4 in their last 11 home openers.
10/07 01:51:04 ET