NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix
(Thursday, April 13th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Derek Morris scored his second goal in as many games as Phoenix tallied three special team goals in the second period for a 3-0 victory over Los Angeles.
Keith Ballard and Fredrik Sjostrom also scored for the Coyotes, who scored twice on the power play and once short-handed in the second period. Curtis Joseph stopped all 32 shots he faced for his third shutout against LA this season.
Mathieu Garon yielded three goals on 18 shots before the second period for the Kings, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Jason Labarbera replaced Garon in the third period and stopped all 18 shots he faced.
After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes got on the board just 1:06 into the second period while on the power play. Oleg Kvasha fired a shot from the top of left the circle that bounced out to Shane Doan at the top of the right circle. Doan then fired a shot at the net that deflected off Morris' right leg pad and past Garon, giving Phoenix the one-goal advantage.
Phoenix then scored its second goal with Mike Comrie in the box for tripping. Dave Scatchard skated the puck up the right boards into LA's zone and sent a pass to center ice for Ballard, who beat Garon low for his eighth goal of the season.
Then, with just 47 seconds remaining before the second intermission, the Coyotes iced the game with their second power play goal. After a faceoff win in the left circle, Jamie Rivers sent the puck down low for Steven Reinprecht, who then redirected the puck in front for Sjostrom and his wrist shot beat Garon to make the score 3-0.
The Kings then went to Labarbera in the third period, but the move proved to be ineffective as LA did not record a shot in the last 11:22.
LA squandered nine power plays in the game, including three 5-on-3 opportunities.
The game was the Coyotes' last at home for the season. Phoenix finished with a 19-18-4 record at Glendale Arena...Phoenix went 0-for-8 on the power play in the first and third periods, but 2-for-2 in the second period...The Coyotes will visit Nashville on Saturday, while the Kings will host Calgary.
04/14 01:29:34 ET