NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Los Angeles
(Tuesday, December 26th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Los Angeles Kings knocked off the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, at the Staples Center.
Kopitar was the second shooter for the Kings and he buried a wrister over the right pad of Mikael Tellqvist. Mike Comrie took the second shot for the Coyotes, but Barry Brust made a waffle pad save on his wrist shot.
Dustin Brown then sealed the victory when his shot was initially stopped by Tellqvist, but it retained enough momentum to trickle past the goaltender.
Derek Armstrong had a goal and an assist and Brust stopped 27 shots for the Kings, who stopped a four-game losing streak.
Yanic Perreault had a goal and an assist while Tellqvist made 34 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost three of their last four games.
Despite 26 shots being thrown on net in the first period, 14 by Phoenix and 12 by the Kings, neither team got on the scoreboard in the frame.
The Coyotes grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second period when Perreault accepted a pass from Travis Roche down low on the left side and flicked the puck over the right pad of Brust at the 7:54 mark.
The Kings took a 2-1 lead in the third with a pair of goals.
A wrist shot by Brent Sopel in the high slot hit a body in front of the net, but the puck popped to the right side and Armstrong tapped it into the net 4:33 in.
At the halfway mark of the frame Alexander Frolov sent a pass from the low left side of the net to the right side where Rob Blake one-timed it past Tellqvist.
Phoenix, though, scored a pair of goals separated by 1:17 to assume a 3-2 lead.
A shot by Zbynek Michalek from the high slot was redirected into the right corner of the net by Fredrik Sjostrom to tie the game with 7:32 to play.
Shortly thereafter, Perreault sent a pass from the low left side of the net out front where Oleg Saprykin one-timed it past Brust with 6:15 to play.
The Kings, however, pulled Brust from the net and the move paid off as a no- look pass by Kopitar from the right side found its way to the stick of Sean Avery, who swept the puck under the right pad of Joseph with 38 seconds to play.
Phoenix travels to San Jose for a game on Thursday...The Kings travel to Edmonton for a contest on Thursday...The Coyotes scored on their only power play of the game while LA went 1-for-2.
12/27 01:30:56 ET