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Final Look: Coyotes, Raanta Stave Off Kings on Saturday Afternoon

Antti Raanta makes a season-high 43 saves as the Coyotes hold on to earn a 3-2 win over the Kings

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES, RAANTA STAVE OFF KINGS

The Coyotes withstood a shot-heavy Los Angeles Kings team on Saturday afternoon at STAPLES Center, persevering for a 3-2 win.

Though heavily outnumbered in the shot column by a 45-19 margin, the Coyotes captured an early lead and hung on to a late one.

The win in itself saw Arizona improve to 5-1-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season.

Phil Kessel opened the scoring, finishing a well-executed give-and-go sequence with Clayton Keller to capitalize on the Coyotes' first power play of the day, netting his fourth goal of the season and his first since November 2 to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

The Kings responded with a power play goal of their own, Anze Kopitar depositing from the back-door just over two minutes into the second period, tying the game 1-1.

With under five minutes to play in the second, Lawson Crouse continued on toward the Kings' net after his initial shot caromed off bodies in front and bounced off the post, eventually getting another touch on the puck once it settled down, tucking home to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.

The score remained 2-1 until the late stages of the third, when the Kings opted to pull Jonathan Quick for an extra attacker with 2:32 to play.

Christian Fischer scored into the empty net from inside the Coyotes' zone to give Arizona a 3-1 lead with 2:10 remaining.

Los Angeles' Nikolai Prokhorkin once again got the Kings to within a goal with 1:35 left, redirecting a pass into the net from atop the Coyotes' crease.

Fischer followed his empty net goal with a critical shot block with just under a minute to play, helping the Coyotes to run out the clock and secure the 3-2 win.

Antti Raanta made a season-high 43 saves in the win.

The Coyotes improved to 10-0-1 when leading after two periods of play.

Crouse left the game after sliding into the end boards early in the third period; he suffered an upper-body injury and did not return.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #24: ARIZONA (3) at LOS ANGELES (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 19, LAK - 45
  • PP: ARI - 1/1, LAK - 1/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

LOS ANGELES SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"From the first few shifts we knew it was going to be a mucky game, these one o'clock games are kind of tough, it's just out of the ordinary, so we're definitely happy with the two points, but we've got a big turnaround again tomorrow."

Vinnie Hinostroza , on Saturday's 3-2 win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes leading, 3-2, with 59 seconds left to play in the third period.

Sacrificing the body to win the game.

Christian Fischer took a puck to his left wrist as he shut down Sean Walker's shooting lane with under a minute to play in regulation, a critical defensive play that blocked a Kings shot and cleared the Coyotes zone during a crucial moment of the game.

"Anyone on the team would step in front of a puck for Raants, any of our goalies, and it just so happened to be me," Fischer said afterward. "It's great, it feels good to win like that."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 0-0, with 9:36 to play in the first period.

Give-and-go for the goal.

Phil Kessel finished off a pretty sequence with Clayton Keller to capitalize on the Coyotes' first power play of the night, flying into the Kings' zone with a textbook entry.

After crossing the blue-line, Kessel sent for Keller to his left while continuing on toward the net. Keller returned the puck to an undetected Kessel, who tapped home into an empty net.

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PHOTO FINISH

Bump it up. Phil Kessel celebrates his first period power play goal with teammates Clayton Keller, Oliver Ekman-Larsson , Derek Stepan , and Christian Dvorak , a goal that gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the team's eventual 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center. (Photo Credit: Juan Ocampo / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Juan Ocampo - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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