Game 37: Kings 4, Coyotes 3 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Can the Kings make it a tough night for their former goalie, Jason LaBarbera, and finally break the two-goal curse? All the action will be on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Quick against LaBarbera.
Kings 3, Coyotes 2: The Kings had gone 14 consecutive games without scoring three goals in regulation, but that ended 1:48 into the third period. Dustin Penner controlled the puck behind the Phoenix net, then walked it out along the boards. Penner left a pass for Willie Mitchell, who skated it and shot from near the outside of the circle and beat LaBarbera. Justin Williams also got an assist.
Kings 4, Coyotes 2: The Kings scored a fourth goal — yes, four — at the 7:06 mark of the third period. After Colin Fraser stood up a Phoenix player in the defensive zone, Jack Johnson fed a nice pass into the offensive zone. With a burst of speed, Dustin Brown skated onto the puck and shot from near the middle of the right circle. LaBarbera made the stop, but the puck trickled through and over the line. Curtis McElhinney replaced LaBarbera in goal after Brown’s goal.
Kings 4, Coyotes 3: The Kings’ two-goal lead lasted only 33 seconds, though, as Daymond Langkow scored at the 7:39 mark. Mikkel Boedker got around Drew Doughty in the Kings’ zone and Quick made the save, but Langkow skated onto the rebound and knocked it past Quick from close range. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also got an assist.
Gagne out: Simon Gagne is not on the Kings’ bench and has not taken a shift in the third period. No update on his status has yet been provided.
End of game: The Kings outshot the Coyotes 35-29.

In goal: It’s still Quick against LaBarbera.
Kings 2, Coyotes 2: Phoenix tied the game with 6:57 remaining in the second period. Patrick O’Sullivan controlled the puck in the Kings’ zone and fed a long, accurate stretch pass to Raffi Torres, who got behind the Kings’ defense in the neutral zone, skated in alone and beat Quick for his second goal of the game. David Schlemko also got an assist.
End of period: The Coyotes outshot the Kings 10-8 in the period. The Kings will be on the power play for the first 1:26 of the third period.

In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Coyotes’ Jason LaBarbera.
Kings 1, Coyotes 0: The Kings took the lead 4:09 into the game. Anze Kopitar did good work to keep the puck in the Coyotes’ zone, and Drew Doughty then showed some nice puck-handling skills to control the puck near the left boards. Doughty then fed a cross-ice pass to Rob Scuderi, who shot from above the right circle. With Kopitar and Brad Richardson running traffic in front, the shot beat LaBarbera and Scuderi got his first goal of the season.
Kings 1, Coyotes 1: Phoenix tied the game less than two minutes after Scuderi’s goal. The Kings threatened in the Coyotes’ zone, but Raffi Torres beat Jack Johnson to a loose puck near the blue line and started on a breakaway. Johnson tried to slow down Torres with a hook — there likely would have been a penalty shot — but Torres still got off a high shot that beat Quick and tied the game 5:58 into the first period.
Kings 2, Coyotes 1: The Kings got the lead back with 6:12 remaining in the first period. Jack Johnson’s point shot was saved, but Anze Kopitar secured the rebound and pushed the puck back to the blue line, to Slava Voynov, who took a shot. Voynov was initially credited with the goal, but it was changed to Brad Richardson, with a deflection on Voynov’s shot that beat LaBarbera. Voynov and Kopitar got assists.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Coyotes 15-6, went 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.