Final: Kings 4 – Coyotes 2
Anze Kopitar scored two goals, while Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin also lit the lamp, as the Kings ended their road trip with a 4-2 win at Phoenix Saturday.
The Kings led 3-1 heading into the third period, but Shane Doan cut the deficit to one 22 seconds into the frame. Muzzin, however, regained LA’s two-goal cushion and made it 4-2 with his first career NHL goal at 8:35. Kyle Clifford earned an assist to extend his point streak to four games.
Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 1:04 into the second period, connecting with Dustin Brown. It was both Kopitar’s and Brown’s first point of the season. Phoenix was awarded a long two-man advantage minutes later and capitalized, as Mikkel Boedker tied the game at 3:57. But Kopitar quickly answered at 5:08 with his second of the night (and season). Carter made it a two-goal game at 11:33 with his second of the season.
Teams skated to a scoreless first period, though the Kings had the best chance with a full two-minute five-on-three power play. The Coyotes had two power play opportunities of their own, but couldn’t convert either.
Goaltending match-up: Jonathan Quick vs. Jason LaBarbera
Scratches: Kings (Bodnarchuk, Penner, Richardson), Coyotes (Bissonnette, Klesla, Rundblad, Torres, Smith)