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Wild third in Arizona leads Kings to 4-3 OT win

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

A wild third period it was Saturday night in Glendale, with the Kings eventually pulling out a 4-3 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

The Kings, who had yet to secure a win against the Coyotes in two previous meetings this season, came into the night having lost two straight games, into a building where they’d won only twice in their past nine regular season visits.

Jeff Carter was injured on the game’s opening draw and only logged 48 seconds of ice time before leaving the game for good. Carter is said to have suffered an upper-body injury, and is likely headed back to Los Angeles while the team continues it’s four-game road trip.

Arizona got on the board midway through the first period when Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Jonathan Quick high to the blocker-side with a shot from the point.

Following Ekman-Larsson’s opening marker, neither team found the net until the third period – where they combined to score five goals.

Drew Doughty tied the game 37 seconds into the third period while the Kings worked on their second power play of the evening, scoring his sixth goal of the season.

Upon entering Arizona’s zone, Anze Kopitar dropped the puck back to Alec Martinez atop the right point. Martinez, with time, found Doughty with a cross-ice pass, which he one-timed past Louis Domingue to knot the score.

Just over three minutes later, Tanner Pearson struck to give the Kings a 2-1 lead, scoring his fifth goal of the year.

Pearson hopped on a sloppy clearing attempt from Arizona, walked into the Coyotes’ zone, worked a quick back-and-forth pass sequence with Marian Gaborik, and while looking for Trevor Lewis on the back-door, his pass attempt ricochet off the stick of an Arizona defenseman and through Domingue’s five-hole.

Dustin Brown gave the Kings a two-goal lead a couple of minutes later, scoring his sixth goal of the season to register the team’s third goal in 5:48 minutes. Nick Shore found Brown on the back-door after receiving a pass from Jamie McBain, and Brown buried the puck with Louis Domingue caught out of position.

With just under seven minutes to play, Jake Muzzin was called for a match penalty and a five-minute game misconduct for a hit on Boyd Gordon, and moments later, Alec Martinez a two-minute minor for delay-of-game. Arizona scored two power play goals in 30 seconds to tie the game 3-3.

The Kings went to their 10th overtime game of the season.

36 seconds into overtime, Tyler Toffoli fed a pass to Anze Kopitar as he fled through the neutral zone. Kopitar, with speed, beat Arizona defenders wide to the right, avoided a poke-check from Domingue, and backhanded the puck past the Coyotes’ goaltender, clinching the Kings’ 4-3 overtime win.

Drew Doughty (1G, 1A) and Anze Kopitar (1G, 1A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Dustin Brown in shots taken (6), Trevor Lewis in hits delivered (5), Brayden McNabb in shots blocked (6), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (33:24). Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in the overtime win.

The Kings will continue their four-game road trip when they take on the Vancouver Canucks Monday night at Rogers Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:00PM PST.

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