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Coyotes 3, Kings 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 3, Kings 2
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) -A gritty come-from behind road victory over the Los Angeles Kings was worth the wait for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Ladislav Nagy and Travis Roche scored in the third period and Josh Gratton scored his first of the season, leading the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory Saturday night and extending the Kings' losing streak to seven games.

Rookie Anze Kopitar had a short-handed goal and Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings. Sean Burke stopped 23 of 24 shots in his Kings debut before dehydration forced him out of the game with 16:40 left in the third period. He departed right after making a couple of rapid-fire saves on rebound attempts by Phoenix captain Shane Doan while on his knees.

"He played real well for them," Roche said. "I'm not sure what happened to him and why he had to leave. But to say that we were happy about it wouldn't be an overstatement, for sure. I don't think he surprised us. I watched him while I was growing up, and he played here, so I know what kind of goaltender he is."

Yutaka Fukufuji relieved Burke and surrendered the tying goal, a wrist shot from the top of the right circle by Nagy that bounced off the rookie's glove with 6:02 left in regulation. Roche got the game-winner on a shot from above the right circle that caromed off defenseman Mattias Norstrom's skate with 1:39 to play.

"We haven't had any quit in us the last month or so," Roche said. "We've been battling to the very end, and we did again tonight. To win it like that was great. We were able to sneak one out."

Burke, a 17-year veteran who turns 40 years old on Jan. 19, was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Thursday because of injuries to Dan Cloutier and Mathieu Garon - and the failure of Fukufuji and fellow rookie Barry Brust to provide the Kings with NHL-caliber goaltending over the previous four games.

This is the eighth different NHL franchise for Burke, who spent parts of five seasons with Phoenix.

"I kept it simple and I felt that I was going to have good energy," Burke said. "I was a little concerned about my game conditioning. I haven't played in a game for close to two months. That, combined with a tough week of travel, I just felt dehydrated to a point where I wasn't able to finish."

A standing room-only crowd of 18,346 welcomed the three-time All-Star to Staples Center after cheering their lungs out during a pregame ceremony in which the Kings retired Luc Robitaille's No. 20 jersey.

"It was a great ceremony," said Phoenix center Steven Reinprecht, a Kings teammate of Robitaille's during the 2000-01 season. "Luc had an unbelievable career, and just to be able to be a part of that and watch it was special for everybody in this dressing room."

The Coyotes had to wait through Robitaille's 1-hour ceremony after taking their pregame warmup, and the long delay might have affected them. The Kings scored on two of their first three shots against Mikael Tellqvist after a couple of sloppy turnovers by the Coyotes - one of which led to Kopitar's second short-handed goal.

"It was tough. I know I was stiff and I'm sure a few of the other guys were, but it's not an excuse to get off to the start we did because they had to go through the same thing," Phoenix's Owen Nolan said.

Frolov scored his 23rd of the goal at the 2:37 mark. Kopitar added his 13th goal less than 3 1/2 minutes later on another 2-on-1 during a delay-of-game penalty to Burke, who slipped and fell behind the net while playing the puck and then fell on it.

Gratton, who had a fistfight with teammate Ed Jovanovski during Tuesday's practice, got the Coyotes on the board at 18:05 of the first period with his second goal in 42 NHL games and first this season. In came on a deflection of a one-timer from the right point by Zbynek Michalek.

Notes: Coach Wayne Gretzky and the Coyotes will be involved in another jersey retirement ceremony on Feb. 27 at Edmonton, when Mark Messier is honored by the Oilers a year after getting his No. 11 retired by the New York Rangers. Gretzky and Messier were teammates on four Stanley Cup-winning teams in Edmonton. ... Robitaille's ceremony delayed the opening faceoff until 8:43 p.m. (PST). The Kings couldn't start it any earlier because of the changeover from the Clippers game against the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Burke is the fifth goaltender the Kings have used this season, setting a franchise record. Only once in the last 15 seasons have they gone through an entire season with only two goalies (2001-02). ... The Kings, who have played a league-high 29 home games, will play eight of their next nine on the road.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:37
LAK
Alex Frolov (23) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (25), Derek Armstrong (24)
1 - 0 LAK
05:46
LAK
SHG - Anze Kopitar (13) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 LAK
18:05
PHX
Josh Gratton (1) ASST: Zbynek Michalek (19), Steve Reinprecht (11)
2 - 1 LAK
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
13:58
PHX
Ladislav Nagy (8) ASST: Zbynek Michalek (20), Shane Doan (14)
2 - 2 Tie
18:21
PHX
PPG - Travis Roche (5) ASST: Jeremy Roenick (9), Kevyn Adams (4)
3 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
04:35
LAK
Sean Burke  Delay of game
06:58
PHX
Steve Reinprecht  Slashing against  Raitis Ivanans
09:59
PHX
Travis Roche  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:30
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Holding
18:33
LAK
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Michael Zigomanis
2nd Period
01:18
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking against  Owen Nolan
02:23
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Holding against  Dustin Brown
06:37
PHX
Nick Boynton  Slashing against  Alex Frolov
10:41
PHX
Josh Gratton  Hooking against  Sean Avery
16:00
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking against  Shane Doan
19:47
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Interference against  Sean Avery
3rd Period
07:24
LAK
Anze Kopitar  Tripping against  Ladislav Nagy
11:22
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Cross checking against  Mattias Norstrom
16:58
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Hooking against  Oleg Saprykin
20:00
LAK
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Shane Doan
20:00
PHX
Shane Doan  Roughing against  Sean Avery
goalie stats
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 30TOI: 59:49
Saves: 28EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 14
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 1
Sean Burke
SA: 24TOI: 43:20
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .958SH: 1 - 1
Yutaka Fukufuji
SA: 11TOI: 15:12
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0