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Kings rally with three in third to defeat Coyotes, gain split

Grundstrom scores winner for Los Angeles, which had lost three straight

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

Grundstrom's go-ahead goal

ARI@LAK: Grundstrom deflects puck to give Kings lead

Drew Doughty flings a shot that goes off multiple sticks and in off Carl Grundstrom, giving the Kings a 4-3 lead in the 3rd

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LOS ANGELES -- Carl Grundstrom capped a three-goal outburst in the third period for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Grundstrom got the second deflection on Drew Doughty's shot to give Los Angeles the lead at 13:55.

"We weren't ready to back down," Kings defenseman Kale Clague said. "I'm really happy for everyone to get back on the winning track, and I know we all just want to carry that over into the weekend."

Clague, Doughty and Trevor Moore each had two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings (15-17-6), who had lost three straight. 

Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist, and Jakob Chychrun had two assists for his third straight multipoint game for the Coyotes (19-16-5), who lost for the first time in four games.

Adin Hill made 26 saves and is 6-2-0 in his past eight starts with Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper each out because of a lower-body injury.   

"We needed some more from some guys, really key guys," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "It was 3-1, and they shot a couple of pucks and took them in, and we didn't box out. It's unfortunate. That's a game you've got to win."

Adrian Kempe got the Kings within 3-2 at 1:18 of the third, scoring on a give-and-go with Clague during an odd-man rush six seconds after killing a penalty.

"We did a great job on the kill and [Kempe's] goal got us going a little bit, and we just played on our toes throughout the third," Clague said. "A lot of good O-zone time and we just kept pushing and we got our bounces."

Video: ARI@LAK: Carter deflects Doughty's shot to tie game

Jeff Carter redirected Doughty's shot from the blue line to tie it 3-3 at 4:17. 

Doughty was plus-two and played a game-high 29:15 after being critical of the team's effort following a 5-2 loss to the Coyotes on Monday.

"Well, that's called leadership," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "You put yourself out there with your words and then you follow it up through actions. And we're fortunate to have him and a few others that have been through some of the big battles here and won eventually.

"A lot of talk over the summer about 'Where's Drew's game?' Drew's game is outstanding, and you really have to be around him to appreciate the minutes, the locker room, the energy he brings, the work he's put in over the summer. He's as good a defenseman as there is in the National Hockey League right now, in my opinion."  

Video: ARI@LAK: Lyubushkin hammers home first NHL goal

The Coyotes went up 1-0 at 9:30 of the first period. Crouse got his third goal by tapping in the rebound of Chychrun's shot, which had been kept alive by Christian Fischer.

Ilya Lyubushkin made it 2-0 at 14:44 with a slap shot from the right point. It was his first NHL goal in 118 NHL games.  

Jaret Anderson-Dolan cut it to 2-1 at 17:21, chipping in a loose puck after Moore's centering pass deflected off the skate of Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle. 

Johan Larsson tipped in Chychrun's shot from the high slot to put the Coyotes ahead 3-1 at 5:55 of the second period.  

"I think we're at our best when we're playing on top of guys and taking away their time and space," Crouse said. "The two games here against L.A., I guess in five periods out of the six we took away their time and space. This is a learning lesson for our group. You can't take your foot off the gas. We're not happy in there, but we have a group that's ready to bounce back."

NOTES: Center Anze Kopitar played his 1,111th game, tying Dave Taylor for second in Kings history behind Dustin Brown (1,219). … Doughty got his eighth multipoint game. … Forward Brendan Lemieux made his Kings debut after being acquired in a trade from the New York Rangers on March 27. He had one shot, three hits and won his only face-off in 12:02. … Chychrun has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak. … Coyotes forward Phil Kessel played his 884th consecutive game, tying Steve Larmer for the fifth longest in NHL history. It is the third active streak behind Keith Yandle (906) and Patrick Marleau (892).

Video: Kings score three in 3rd to rally past Coyotes

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