FINAL
COL
0
SJS
4
FINAL
TOR
2
NYR
5
FINAL
CHI
3
CBJ
2
FINAL
PHI
7
FLA
1
FINAL
STL
4
DAL
3
FINAL
LAK
4
PHX
2
FINAL
EDM
3
CGY
4
FINAL SO
NSH
2
ANA
3
LAK
27-16-5
PHX
21-18-9

31 SOG
33 SOG

Kings beat Coyotes 4-2 for first victory

Jerry Brown  - NHL.com Correspondent | Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 10:57 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The slow start by the Los Angeles Kings could be traced directly to their top line of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.

The trio had neither a goal nor an assists as the defending Stanley Cup champs dropped their first three games of the season.

That all changed Saturday night as Kopitar scored twice, Brown and Williams notched assists and the Kings were a winner for the first time, beating Phoenix 4-2 while furthering the early struggles of the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin also scored for the Kings, who had scored only four goals in going 0-2-1 in their first three games. Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who had two goals washed out and have lost four of their first five. Phoenix has allowed 20 goals in five games and continues to miss the steadying presence of injured goalie Mike Smith, who hasn't played since leaving in the first period on Wednesday with a lower-body injury.

Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for the Kings, who still don’t have a power-play goal -- they're now 0-for-23 -- but didn’t need one this time. Jason LaBarbera had 27 saves for Phoenix but struggled with his puck tracking and rebound control and Los Angeles capitalized.

The Kings had a golden opportunity at 11:04 of the opening period when Keith Yandle was called for roughing and Derek Morris drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. But even after Coyotes forward Boyd Gordon lost his stick for nearly a minute during the kill, the Kings managed just one shot. In all, their powerless power play finished 0-for-4.

But 1:04 into the second period another drought – this one for Kopitar -- finally came to end. He took a pass from Brown in the slot and beat LaBarbera up high for his first goal and the first points for the first line since the Kings' Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey.

Just over a minute later Coyotes got their chance at a 5-on-3 power play when Muzzin and Colin Fraser were sent off simultaneously for holding and holding the stick calls. The Coyotes didn’t muster much of an attack for the first 90 seconds before Oliver Ekman-Larsson pinged a shot off the post. The rebound caromed right to Boedker, who guided the puck to his stick and popped in his first goal of the season at 3:47.

Kopitar and the Kings answered quickly. LaBarbera was caught tracking Williams left of the crease and Williams’ centering pass found Kopitar all alone for his second of the night at 5:08.

The Kings made it 3-1 midway through the period when LaBarbera stopped Simon Gagne's shot from the right wing but left the rebound sitting in the slot for an unmarked Carter to bang home at 11:33. The two-goal lead was the Kings' first of the season.

Phoenix appeared to cut that lead in half seconds later when David Moss tipped home a Michael Stone shot from the point, but Moss was called for interfering with Quick in the crease and the goal was disallowed.

The Coyotes started the third period quickly when Doan hammered a Lauri Korpikoski feed past Quick just 22 seconds in and earned a power play less than a minute later. But the Kings survived the surge and put away the game at 8:35 when Muzzin’s wrist shot from the left point eluded LaBarbera’s glove and made it a two-goal game again.

The Coyotes had a second goal washed out with 39.6 seconds left when the whistle blew an instant before Radim Vrbata slid in a rebound sitting behind Quick in the Kings crease into the net.

1st2nd3rdT
LAK
PHX
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:04LAK Anze Kopitar (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Brown (1) 1 - 0 LAK
03:57PHX PPG - Mikkel Boedker (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2), Radim Vrbata (3) 1 - 1 Tie
05:08LAK Anze Kopitar (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (1), Jake Muzzin (1) 2 - 1 LAK
11:33LAK Jeff Carter (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Simon Gagne (1) 3 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
00:22PHX Shane Doan (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (1) 3 - 2 LAK
08:35LAK Jake Muzzin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Clifford (4), Davis Drewiske (1) 4 - 2 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Anze Kopitar
1st
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:30
Mikkel Boedker
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:39
Jeff Carter
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:51
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:43LAK Drew Doughty  Hooking against  Nick Johnson
11:04PHX Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
11:04PHX Derek Morris  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:45LAK Dwight King  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
02:07LAK Jake Muzzin  Holding against  Keith Yandle
02:07LAK Colin Fraser  Holding the stick against  Nick Johnson
08:09PHX Shane Doan  Hooking against  Drew Doughty
08:51LAK Mike Richards  Tripping against  David Moss
14:10LAK Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Chipchura
14:10PHX Kyle Chipchura  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
15:00PHX Antoine Vermette  Hooking against  Jarret Stoll
3rd Period
01:05LAK Justin Williams  Tripping against  Zbynek Michalek
14:25PHX Shane Doan  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Richards
14:25LAK Mike Richards  Fighting (maj) against  Shane Doan
shots by period
PeriodLAKPHX
1st99
2nd1514
3rd710
Total3133
Team Stats
CategoryLAKPHX
Power Plays0/41/6
Hits3335
Faceoff Wins3627
Giveaways27
Takeaways46
Blocked Shots1215
Penalty Minutes2218
  • LOS ANGELES
  • PHOENIX
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6J. MuzzinD1143211:57
7R. ScuderiD00-10025:22
8D. DoughtyD0002226:46
10M. RichardsC0001712:57
11A. KopitarC2024019:30
12S. GagneL011109:15
13K. CliffordL0121511:47
14J. WilliamsR0124216:08
22T. LewisC00-11014:30
23D. BrownR0112018:08
24C. FraserC0000211:56
26S. VoynovD0002019:31
27A. MartinezD0000021:50
28J. StollC0003017:41
44D. DrewiskeD0131013:40
71J. NolanC001108:15
74D. KingL00-12014:08
77J. CarterC1023014:51
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32J. Quick3133.93960:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3K. YandleD0012223:34
4Z. MichalekD00-20016:28
6D. SchlemkoD00-10016:24
11M. HanzalC0003021:38
15B. GordonC00-30011:09
17R. VrbataR0106021:05
18D. MossR00-33013:21
19S. DoanR1003714:36
23Ekman-LarssonD01-33025:36
24K. ChipchuraC000057:17
26S. SullivanL0000016:55
28L. KorpikoskiL01-23014:27
29M. StoneD00-22012:18
32N. JohnsonR000107:43
49A. BolducC00-1108:25
50A. VermetteC0002218:01
53D. MorrisD0011222:28
89M. BoedkerL1003022:39
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1J. LaBarbera2731.87157:56