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Kings fall 3-2 to Arizona, Lucic 'OK'

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings weren’t able to grasp control of Saturday night’s game in their 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

Shane Doan got Arizona on the board with just over six minutes to play in the first period.

In the second, the Kings may have scored their oddest goal of the season to-date when Nick Shore tied the game seven minutes into the middle frame as Arizona’s Louis Domingue argued for goaltender interference mid-play.

Domingue, after playing a Kings dump-in behind his net, collided with Tanner Pearson and a Coyotes defenseman, which left him sprawled out to the left of his net, well out of his crease. Play continued, though, but Domingue didn’t bother to reposition himself, taking off his mask to voice his displeasure with the non-call.

Nick Shore then intercepted a Coyotes clearing attempt and fired the puck into a wide-open net from atop the zone, scoring his third goal of the season.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave Arizona a 2-1 lead at the midway mark on the Coyotes’ second power play of the evening.

With just over four minutes to play in the second, Dustin Brown shoveled home his fifth goal of the year to tie the game 2-2.

While working the puck in Arizona’s zone along the right side boards, Jeff Carter fed a pass to Luke Schenn atop the point, who then immediately return the puck to Carter. Carter, after walking in a few strides, fired a wrist shot that caromed off the far post and onto the stick of an open Brown, who buried the rebound.

Arizona regained the lead 22 seconds into the third when Jordan Martinook hopped on a lofted pass that Drew Doughty struggled to defend, walking in alone on Jonathan Quick to score the game’s eventual game-winner.

Milan Lucic was hit with a two-minute minor for roughing and a game misconduct after throwing a punch at Arizona’s Kevin Connauton, who’s slash on Lucic’s left wrist initiated the Kings’ forward’s retaliation.

Lucic took x-rays upon entering the Kings’ locker room and the results were negative.

Nick Shore (1G), Dustin Brown (1G), Luke Schenn (1A) and Jeff Carter (1A) led all Kings players in points scored (1), Dustin Brown in shots taken (5), Milan Lucic, Luke Schenn and Tyler Toffoli in hits delivered (4), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (5), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (27:17). Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in the loss.

The Kings will finish off their two-game road trip when they take on the San Jose Sharks Sunday night at the SAP Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:00 PM PST.



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