Phoenix Coyotes 4, Los Angeles Kings 2
Final
NHL.com Boxscore
Attendance: 6,270

LAK scratches: G Mathias Niederberger, D Alex Roach, LW Maxim Kitsyn
LAK starters: G Ben Scrivens, D Keaton Ellerby, D Jeff Schultz, LW Dwight King, C Jarret Stoll, RW Trevor Lewis

PHX scratches: RW Dave Moss, D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, LW Lauri Korpikoski
PHX starters: G Mike Smith, D Keith Yandle, D Derek Morris, LW Mikkel Boedker, C Mike Ribeiro, RW Shane Doan

Staples Center Game Thread

Referees: Darcy Burchell, Steve Kozari
Linesmen: Jay Sharrers, Vaughan Rody

WARMUPS
Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Colin Fraser are wearing an “A” on their jerseys tonight.

FIRST PERIOD
0:00 – Jarret Stoll takes the opening faceoff, and we’re underway from the desert…
0:51 – GOAL KINGS – 1-0 LA. Tanner Pearson (Brandon Kozun, Andy Andreoff). Good feed from Kozun to spring Pearson loose on a partial breakaway. Sniped high, glove-side on Mike Smith. Beauty of a shot.
2:39 – GOAL KINGS – 2-0 LA. Brandon Kozun (unassisted). Long rebound kicked out by Scrivens, neither Coyotes D able to cleanly play the puck. Kozun outhustled both in the neutral zone, skated in alone, beat Smith up high. Two goals on the first two shifts for that line.
5:52 – Kings on a 40-second 5-on-3. Delay of game penalty on Derek Morris.
7:52 – Coyotes kill off both ends of the 5-on-3. No real pristine chances for LA.
9:44 – Heavy hit by Jordan Nolan on Rusty Klesla. Klesla is down and appears badly injured. A stretcher is coming out.
10:30 – Stoppage in play. Two minutes each for Nolan, Hanzal. No replays, but judgment of the hit is secondary when a player is carted off on a stretcher.

 

11:45 – Nolan booed heavily as he exits the penalty box.
12:09 – Stoppage in play. Nolan weathers a hit from Hanzal; scrum involving all players on the ice ensues. No fights, but plenty of raw emotion. Penalties: Carcillo (10 minute misconduct), Nolan (2 – embellishment, 10 minute misconduct), Bissonnette (game misconduct for leaving bench), Derek Morris (2 – roughing, 10 minute misconduct), Hanzal (2 – elbowing)
12:51 – GOAL COYOTES – 2-1 LA. Jordan Szwarz (Brandon McMillan). McMillan’s shot was stopped by Scrivens; the rebound trickled behind him and Szwarz buried it from close range.
14:57 – Muzzin takes a hooking penalty.
19:07 – Kozun takes an offensive zone hooking penalty.
19:57 – Fraser takes a slashing penalty; Phoenix will have a 5-on-3 for 1:11.
Period Over

SECOND PERIOD
1:09 – GOAL COYOTES – 2-2. Mikkel Boedker (Shane Doan, Keith Yandle). Power play goal. Boedker battled to get a shot off a loose Doan rebound. I really liked Jeff Schultz’s stick for the 90 seconds prior. He disrupted a zone entry during the 5-on-3 and also used his long reach to get in the way of a long 5-on-3 pass by Doan.
4:45 – Zbynek Michalek caught something up high and went back to the room. Appeared to be bleeding.
7:00 – Big hit by Connor Murphy on Daniel Carcillo.
7:55 – Andreoff to Pearson on a three-on-two. Pearson’s shot from left circle kicked out by Smith. Kozun held up awaiting pass; probably the right decision to shoot. Decent scoring chance.
9:12 – Schultz off for interference.
11:26 – Two terrific saves by Scrivens. The first (and more impressive) came when he slid to his left and covered a lot of space to deny a one-timer by Max Domi. He also denied an A-minus/B-plus chance by Martin Hanzal’s wrister from the high slot. Best saves of the evening. I believe the first came on the PK.
12:14 – Henrik Samuelsson whistled for roughing. LAK back on the PP.
13:50 – Pearson found Kozun alone in front while on the PP. Pass got there; Smith denied Kozun from point blank. A-type chance. Pearson might be LA’s best forward in the desert.
15:20 – Scrivens denied a strong Lucas Lessio chance from close range.
17:58 – GOAL COYOTES – 3-2 PHX. Mikkel Boedker 2 (Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata). Didn’t see the goal while joining Nick on the radio; here are some tweets describing the action:

Period Over

THIRD PERIOD
0:00 – Michael Lee replaces Mike Smith in net for Phoenix. Ben Scrivens remains in net for Los Angeles.
3:00 – Mike Wilson was right. Phoenix’s third goal now credited to Doan, from Vrbata/Yandle.

4:17 – Derek Morris whistled for tripping.
5:03 – GOAL COYOTES – 4-2 PHX. Shorthanded. Three-on-one led by Max Domi was finished off when Hanzal found Yandle for a cross-crease one-timer. Tic-tac-toe. The 18-year-old Domi has impressed.
6:53 – Strong Scrivens save on a power play blast from the top of the right circle by Michalek.
15:43 – Nolan off for a slash. Phoenix back on the PP, where they’re 2-for-6.
16:30 – Circus save by Scrivens on Lessio chance from left circle. Sprawled Scrivens covers up the rebound.
18:15 – I’m heading downstairs. More to come.

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