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Anze Kopitar scores 36 seconds into overtime to lift Kings over Coyotes 4-3

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anze Kopitar scored 36 seconds into overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings over the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night.

Kopitar skated past Viktor Tikhonov, faked goalie Louis Domingue to the ice with a forehand deke and backhanded the puck into the vacated right side of the net. That saved the Kings on a night when Los Angeles rallied from a one-goal deficit only to squander a two-goal lead.

Drew Doughty, Tanner Pearson and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, and Los Angeles won for the second time in six games.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice and Antoine Vermette added a goal for the Coyotes. Arizona lost for only the second time in its past 10 home games.

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings.

The Kings scored three goals in the first 6:23 of the third period to open a 3-1 lead, only to watch the Coyotes take advantage of a match penalty against Jake Muzzin and score twice during the subsequent 5-minute power play.

Muzzin got the penalty for a blind hit on Boyd Gordon with 6:40 left. Gordon was on his knees just inside the blue line when Muzzin drove a hip into Gordon's head, leaving the Coyotes centre face down on the ice.

A subsequent delay of game call on Alec Martinez 2:33 later led to a 2-minute 5-on-3 advantage, and the Coyotes capitalized on Vermette's redirection of a shot by Michael Stone with 3:53 remaining.

Ekman-Larsson tied the game 30 seconds later when his shot from the high slot trickled between Quick's pads for Arizona's second goal on eight shots during the extended power play.

The Coyotes were aided by an undisciplined opening period by the Kings that led to three power plays. The first came when Milan Lucic cross-checked Connor Murphy behind the Coyotes net shortly after being checked off his feet by Murphy and led to Arizona's first goal.

Ekman-Larsson took a pass from Mikkel Boedker just outside the right faceoff circle and scored on a wrist shot that sailed over Quick's right shoulder at 9:43 of the first.

Los Angeles took advantage of a delay of game penalty on Brad Richardson with 14 seconds left in the second period, pulling even on Doughty's goal 37 seconds into the third.

The Kings took the lead 3:40 later, 2-1, with help from Ekman-Larsson. The defenceman tried to bounce a pass off the boards just outside the Coyotes' zone but instead sent the puck directly to Pearson, whose shot deflected off Murphy's stick and past Domingue at 4:17 of the period.

Brown made it 3-1 with 13:37 left, one-timing Nick Shore's pass from just below the left circle.

NOTES: Gordon left the ice under his own power. ... Arizona defenceman Zbynek Michalek returned to the ice after missing the past four games with a lower-body injury. ... Coyotes centre Martin Hanzal was out for the sixth time in seven games with a lower-body injury. ... Lucic was playing in his 600th career game. ... Brown has 16 goals and 31 points in 64 career games against the Coyotes.

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