The Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with 6-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. The six goals tied a season high for the Kings (fifth time this season they’ve scored six goals).
FROLOV IS BACK, SCORES TWICE
Alexander Frolov returned to the lineup and started with Anze Kopitar
and Justin Williams
on the Kings top line and it did not take long for him to dent the scoresheet, scoring his 29th and 30th goals of the season. Frolov's first tally was an even-strength marker that gave the Kings a two-goal lead at 10:07 of the second period. Frolov added a power-play goal to seal the scoring at 15:56 of the third period. It was the second time Frolov has reached the 30-goal plateau after scoring 35 goals in 2006-07.
Frolov and his linemates combined for 4-4=8 as Kopitar tallied 1-2=3 and Williams tallied 1-2=3 as well. Click here
for the Kings lines tonight.
"I thought I saw some chemistry starting to happen with Williams, Kopitar and Frolov," head coach Terry Murray said. "Williams is a pretty nifty guy, he has composure with the puck, he has the confidence to make plays in tight spaces, and I think we saw a glimpse of that tonight. I was very happy for him to have a good game and get his first goal as a King and the line had a pretty good night."
Frolov had missed the last five games since suffering a lower body injury at Chicago on March 22. Frolov leads the Kings with 28 goals. The Kings were 1-3-1 over that span, scoring seven goals in five games.
TWO FOR BOYLE
Playing on the second line with Teddy Purcell and Kyle Calder, Boyle scored twice and now has three goals in four games since his recall on March 27.
"It was good to be able to get in and get a hit. Their guys lost it both times because we were coming with pressure," Boyle said of his two goals. "I think Kyle [Calder] made a great pass. I had a clear lane to the net and it was a good opportunity for me."
Murray added, "It was real important for him to have a good game here tonight and we have been pushing him pretty hard in our meetings. He has good hands and everyone knows that and when he gets in those situations he can do some damage down low."
Boyle has talled 4-2=5 in 24 games played with the Kings this season and has added 10-11=21 in 42 games with Manchester.
"I’m just thinking about the next game right now," Boyle said. "I am trying to stay here for the rest of the year and hopefully string a few good games together because this is where I want to stay. The guys are great and hopefully I can impress enough to stay."
A NIGHT OF FIRSTS
Kings trade deadline acquisition Justin Williams earned his first point, goal and assist as a member of the Kings scoring 1-2=3 in his 499th NHL game.
"I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to contribute," Williams said. "I should be an impact player out there, but the first six or seven games were tough for me. I am happy to contribute offensively and get a power-play goal and help our team."
Williams earned his first point recording an assist on Frolov's goal at 10:07 of the second period. Williams quickly added to his totals in the third period, assisting on Kopitar's goal at 3:36 of the third.
"My linemates, Kopitar and Frolov, had goals already so Kopitar said he wasn’t going to shoot anymore, he would just keep feeding me," Williams said. "The third time was a charm and eventually I got one in."
Williams tallied his first goal as a King, a power-play goal at 10:50 of the third period. Williams last earned three points in a game on Oct. 9, 2007, scoring 1-2=3 as Carolina played at Toronto. His career high is four points, last accomplished on Oct. 16, 2006.
In addition, Thomas Hickey scored his first goal for Manchester in the Monarchs' 3-2 loss tonight...more. Hickey now has tallied 1-3=4 in three games with the Monarchs.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): "We had good pressure and we came out with good intensity. We finally got our legs going here. We have been on this road trip for a pretty long time, this last six-game road trip, we’re home for a day and go back out again but we looked like we were fresh and we got some good rest. We showed the kind of team that we we’ve been for most of the way with the level of compete and doing good things in the game. That was an important start for us here tonight."
KINGS FORWARD JUSTIN WILLIAMS:
(Re: game recap) "When we are playing as a five-man unit, when everybody is on their game, we are tenacious on the puck. There aren’t many teams that can handle the way we fore check. Even when one guy is off on our whole team it affects us because we are such a get-up-and-go team. We had everyone on board tonight, everyone skating, everybody rolling."
PHOENIX HEAD COACH WAYNE GRETZKY:
(Re: game recap): "Early into the second period we got ourselves back into the hockey game and thought that we had a lot of good chances to get it to 2-2. We hit a cross bar, we missed the break away and they scored the third goal. But the second period I thought we had a solid period and obviously the third period was not a very good period."
(Re: Goaltender Al Montoya): "It’s tough for a young guy. And their team came out pretty hard tonight and they were moving their feet and they were physical early in the game. We gave the puck away twice and all of a sudden it was 2-0. The Kings got a little momentum and some positive feeling in their game. We had to battle back to make it 2-1, thought we did a nice job with that. Unfortunately we broke down a little bit and they kept coming back at us. We had some chances, we just couldn’t find that second goal and that seemed to be the difference in the game."
"Listen, both teams are young and very spirited. I'm glad to see that both teams are out there still battling away and still want to win a hockey game and care about winning. Its good to see to both teams battling until the end."
PHOENIX CENTER MATTHEW LOMBARDI:
(Re: game recap): "We had some chances to tie it up, but we just kind of let it slip. And obviously in the third period the Kings took advantage of our mistakes and they buried us from there."
(Third Period Tensions): "It’s obviously a bit of frustration. Guys have pride out there and you want to win regardless. There’s nothing more to it than that."
PHOENIX CENTER KYLE TURRIS:
(Re: Forward Shane Doan): "He’s an unbelievable hockey player. This whole year he’s been the guy that’s going every night for our team. He’s so consistent and everyone feeds off him every game. I can’t remember one game where he hasn’t been there for us and scoring overtime goals or this goal tonight."
(Re: Doan’s goal): "We kept the puck in and I took the puck and waited to see if anyone was open and looked at the goalie and he came out so far and Simmonds hit my stick and it kind of bobbled up to Doan and he put it in and it was unreal."
"Scene" in the crowd at STAPLES Center tonight...Eva La Rue from CSI Miami and All My Children fame. As always, check out our Hockeywood photo gallery on LAKings.com.