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Yandle scores twice, LaBarbera stops 39 shots in Coyotes' critical 3-1 win over Kings

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 12:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Yandle scores twice, LaBarbera stops 39 shots in Coyotes' critical 3-1 win over Kings

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jason LaBarbera stopped 39 shots, Keith Yandle scored his second goal late in the third period and the Phoenix Coyotes opened a critical homestand with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Needing to make up ground in the Western Conference standings, the Coyotes played their usual close-to-the-vest game and managed to hold on for their second win in 10 games after blowing two one-goal leads last week.

Matthew Lombardi put Phoenix ahead with his fourth goal of the season in the second period and Yandle followed his 50th career goal in the first with a tough-angle shot that beat Jonathan Quick with less than 3 minutes left.

LaBarbera made some tough saves in his fifth straight start in place of injured starter Mike Smith, the only goal against him a shot by Justin Williams that deflected off a Coyotes defenceman in the first period.

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