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Coyotes top Kings in overtime

Fischer's goal at 2:43 lifts Arizona past Los Angeles

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Christian Fischer scored at 2:43 of overtime and the Arizona Coyotes won for the fourth time in their past five games, a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena on Friday.

The win was the Coyotes' first against a Western Conference opponent this season and their second victory at home (2-7-1).


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Fischer scored after Christian Dvorak's initial shot trickled between Darcy Kuemper's pads and he was able to push it into the open net.

"[Wednesday's] loss was obviously tough to swallow," Fischer said of a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at home. "Today was great. The way we played is the way we want to play moving forward."

Video: LAK@ARI: Ekman-Larsson fires slap shot for PPG

Fischer also had an assist for his second NHL career multipoint game.

Kuemper made 30 saves for Los Angeles (12-8-3), which lost its third straight game and seventh in its past eight (1-6-1).

"At the end of the day we've got to win a hockey game, so let's not pat ourselves on the back and say we played better," Kings coach John Stevens said. "I think the guys played hard. I think the guys are totally invested. If it was a compete issue I'd be really concerned, but there's execution in certain parts of our game that clearly have to be a lot better."

Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves for Arizona (6-16-3). Wedgewood relieved injured starter Antti Raanta on Wednesday, which he believed helped him prepare for Friday.

"Any time you have an opportunity to know a day in advance as a goaltender, there's no unknowns," Wedgewood said. "Getting a start and getting through the first period, we played well and we're up one. It just kept flowing from there."

Video: LAK@ARI: Perlini deflects shot with backhand for goal

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at 10:17 of the first period. Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a pass from Fischer at the left point and released a quick shot that found its way through traffic and past Kuemper for a power-play goal.

The goal extended Ekman-Larsson's point streak to four games (two goals, three assists).

Los Angeles tied the game at 1-1 at 2:53 of the second period on a delayed penalty call. Marian Gaborik, who played his first game of the season, slid a pass to Anze Kopitar in the slot and Kopitar redirected it over Wedgewood's right shoulder.

Brendan Perlini put the Coyotes back on top with a redirection of Alex Goligoski's shot at 17:50 of the second period. Perlini has scored in three straight games.

Trevor Lewis tied the game 2-2 during a scramble in front at 2:42 of the third period.

Video: LAK@ARI: Doughty's spin-o-rama leads to Lewis' goal


Goal of the game

Fischer's goal at 2:43 of overtime.

Video: LAK@ARI: Fischer scores winner for Coyotes in OT

Save of the game

Wedgwood's save against Tyler Toffoli at 8:08 of the second period.

Video: LAK@ARI: Wedgewood denies Toffoli with great toe save


Highlight of the game

Kopitar's goal at 2:53 of the second period.

Video: LAK@ARI: Kopitar tips in Gaborik's pass to tie game


They said it

"I thought he skated well. I thought he wanted the puck. I thought he really competed along the wall hard, which is hard, being out as long as he has, and not played a game since last year. He's a good pro. I think he really prepared himself." -- Kings coach John Stevens on Marian Gaborik


"I thought a lot of guys had good games. Everybody contributed. We didn't have many passengers tonight." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Need to know

Ekman-Larsson's goal ended Kuemper's shutout streak at 117 minutes, 33 seconds. … The Coyotes have scored the first goal in 15 of their 25 games this season. They are 4-9-2 in those games. … Coyotes forward Derek Stepan extended his point streak to a season-high five games (one goal, four assists).


What's next

Kings: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, KCOP-13, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)


Video: Fischer's game-winner lifts Coyotes to overtime win

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