NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Phoenix
(Thursday, November 30th)
Final Score: Phoenix 7, Los Angeles 4
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Michael Zigomanis tallied two goals and an assist while four different Phoenix players scored during a wild first period, as the Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 7-4, in a high-scoring Pacific Division battle.
Ladislav Nagy and Zbynek Michalek both notched a goal and two assists while Shane Doan, Oleg Saprykin and Patrick Fischer also scored for Phoenix, which has captured three of its last four games overall. Curtis Joseph allowed four goals on 35 shots in the victory.
Following a slow start to the season, Wayne Gretzky's team finished with a 6-6 record in the month of November.
Derek Armstrong scored twice for the Kings, who saw their two-game win streak halted. Mike Cammalleri and Craig Conroy also scored in the losing effort. Dan Cloutier started in net for the Kings and allowed three goals on five shots before he was pulled midway through the first period. Barry Brust finished with 24 saves in relief for LA.
The teams combined for five goals before nine minutes elapsed in the opening period.
Los Angeles started the fireworks 2:14 into the game on Armstrong's third goal of the season. The Kings were skating on the power play following an early boarding penalty called on Dave Scatchard. Cammalleri passed from the rear boards to the high slot, where Lubomir Visnovsky fired a slap shot that Armstrong redirected home from the low slot.
Less than two minutes later, the Coyotes tied the score on Nagy's breakaway goal. Fischer sent a perfect outlet pass from his own blue line through the neutral zone and Nagy corralled the disc at the opposite blue line for a clean breakaway before his wrist shot beat Cloutier at the 4:06 mark.
Only 11 seconds later, the craziness continued. Cammalleri put the Kings back in front when he punched home his 10th goal from the left post. Armstrong lifted a high, soft pass from along the left wall and Brian Willsie gloved the disc inside the right circle, put it down on the ice and sent a cross-crease pass for the one-timer by Cammalleri.
It took just 66 seconds after that goal for Phoenix to once again tie the score. Zigomanis fought for control of the puck behind the net and sent a pass out to the bottom of the left circle for Saprykin, who beat Cloutier with a high wrister from a sharp angle.
At the 8:55 mark, Michalek gave the Coyotes the lead. Nagy sent a wrist shot from above the right circle that the defenseman deflected into the net from near the left post.
After Conroy's power-play marker with 2:40 remaining in the first knotted the contest, Fischer put Phoenix back on top. Nagy skated around the top of the right circle and sent a wrist shot on goal. Brust made the initial save, but the rebound caromed into the low slot and Fischer was in the right place at the right time for a rebound goal and a 4-3 Coyotes lead with 2:01 remaining.
The 20-minute intermission did not do much to tame the back-and-forth scoring.
Only 55 seconds into the middle session, the hosts were skating on the power play due to a slashing penalty called on Sean Avery. Ed Jovanovski sent a cross-ice pass from the right point for Doan, whose one-timer from above the left circle flew into the back of the cage for a two-goal Phoenix advantage.
With 12:27 remaining in the second period, the Kings cut their deficit to 5-4 on Armstrong's second goal of the game. Tom Kostopoulos alertly stole the puck as the Coyotes were attempting to clear the zone and the disc squirted to Armstrong, who was all alone in the low slot and lit the lamp with a wrister.
The outcome was still in doubt midway through the third period, but Zigomanis took care of that, scoring two goals in a 4:40 span that sealed the win.
First, at 11:14, Zigomanis corralled the disc at the top of the left circle and, with his back facing the net, sent a turnaround wrist shot that slipped through traffic and trickled over the goal line.
Then, with under five minutes to play in regulation, Zigomanis's slap shot from the top of the right circle beat Brust to cap the scoring.
On the bench for Phoenix was goaltender Mikael Tellqvist, who was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Tuesday in exchange for forward Tyson Nash...The Coyotes have won four straight home games and improved to 7-6 at home this season...Los Angeles fell to 2-9 on the road in 2006-07...The home team has won 10 of the last 12 meetings in this series...The Kings cashed in on both of their power-play chances while the Coyotes were 1-for-2 with the extra skater...Zigomanis now has five goals this season...Attendance was 11,526.
12/01 00:26:22 ET