NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Los Angeles
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Phoenix 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar's goal with 53 seconds left in regulation sent Los Angeles to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Phoenix at Staples Center.
Jaroslav Modry notched three assists for the Kings (27-41-14), who ended their season by snapping a six game losing streak. Dustin Brown had a pair of helpers, while Scott Thornton and Mike Cammalleri tallied.
Mathieu Garon stopped 24 shots to finish the season with a 13-10-6 mark.
Nick Boynton had a goal and an assist and Mike Zigomanis also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have dropped six of their last seven games, and wrap up their season Sunday by hosting Vancouver. Keith Ballard posted two assists in defeat.
Curtis Joseph gave up three goals on 35 shots, falling to 17-31-2 on the season.
Late in the third, the Kings gained a two-man advantage when Jeremy Roenick and Derek Morris went to the penalty box within a 48-second span for the Coyotes.
Kopitar notched the game-winner when he finished off a passing play between Modry and Alex Frolov by rifling a shot from the high slot past a diving Joseph.
"Kopitar scored the first goal of the season, and the last goal of the season," said Kings head coach Marc Crawford. "He's going to score a lot more goals in a Kings uniform. Look at the power play that was out there with Brown, Cammalleri, Kopitar, and Jack Johnson -- that will form the nucleus of the Kings team."
The game started out on an up note for the Coyotes, who came into the contest one point behind the Kings for worst record in the Western Conference.
Zigomanis put Phoenix on the board with 2:21 left in the first period, then Boynton's point blast on the power play with 7:10 gone in the second made it 2-0 for the visitors.
Thornton brought the Kings within one with 8:17 to play in the second period on a short-handed tally. The well-traveled veteran picked up his seventh goal of the season by sneaking a rising backhander from the slot past Joseph and just inside the far post.
Cammalleri knotted the game two and a half minutes later on a blistering one- timer from the right circle, and the game was deadlocked at 2-2 heading into the final 20 minutes.
"It doesn't matter if you finish 28th, 29th, or 17th, if you're not in the top 16, it doesn't matter," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "We're all trying to compete to get in the playoffs."
Each team won four games in the season series...The Coyotes have lost 17 games by one goal...The Kings finished the year 16-16-9 at home...There were 26 penalties whistled in the contest, 15 to Phoenix...LA was 1-of-8 on the power play, while Phoenix was 1-of-5.
04/07 19:29:33 ET