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Kings lose to Coyotes in shootout, remain third in Pacific

Adin Hill makes 34 saves to get first NHL win

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adin Hill made 34 saves for his first NHL victory, and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout at Gila River Arena on Tuesday, preventing them from moving into a second-place tie in the Pacific Division.

Alex Goligoski scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Clayton Keller, Nick Cousins and Christian Dvorak scored in regulation for Arizona (23-35-11), which was playing without coach Rick Tocchet, who is on a leave of absence because of a family illness. The Coyotes are 5-1-1 in their past seven games and 11-3-2 in their past 16 games.

Jeff Carter scored two goals and Tanner Pearson one for Los Angeles (38-26-6), which rallied from three goals down to tie it 3-3 on Carter's second goal, a deflection of Drew Doughty's shot with 2:18 remaining in the third period. Jack Campbell made 26 saves.


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The Kings appeared to win 25 seconds into overtime when the puck deflected off Doughty's skate and into the net, but the goal was overturned on video review when it was determined Doughty interfered with Hill.

"I would have liked to see that goal count, to be honest with you," Kings coach John Stevens said. "We still had our opportunities in overtime to put it away on the power play."

The Kings are in third place in the Pacific Division, one point behind the San Jose Sharks and two points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames.

Keller gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 5:08 of the first period. Derek Stepan batted down a clearing attempt before passing to Keller at the right post.

It was Keller's 19th goal of the season and 50th point. He is the third rookie in franchise history to reach 50 points (Peter Mueller, 54 (2007-08), Max Domi, 52 (2015-16).

Video: LAK@ARI: Keller buries opening goal from in front

"You just go out there and try to produce every night," Keller said. "I try to do everything I can to help the team win."

Cousins made it 2-0 at 15:43. He tried to center a pass to Domi in the slot but the puck deflected off Doughty's skate and past Campbell.

Dvorak made it 3-0 at 10:13 of the second period. Domi's backhand pass found Dvorak coming up the right wing, and he beat Campbell to the glove side.

Pearson cut the lead to 3-1 27 seconds later when he scored from the right face-off circle.

Carter made it 3-2 on a power play at 12:03 of the third period when Doughty's shot from the point deflected off his body.

Video: LAK@ARI: Carter deflects in PPG from in close

"I don't know if anything really flipped the script," Coyotes assistant coach John MacLean said of the blown lead. "I thought we played really well. I thought guys were jumping. We were putting the puck deep.

"L.A. is a pretty good hockey club and they're fighting for their lives there. They made a couple plays." 

Hill's start was unexpected. Darcy Kuemper was supposed to start his fifth straight game in place injured Antti Raanta, but he felt ill during the day and worse at game time so Kuemper served as the backup.

Hill made two saves in the shootout. It was his fourth NHL game (1-3-0). 

"It's exhilarating," he said. "It's something you dream of every day growing up as a child. To come here and do it is great. Now I want more."

Video: LAK@ARI: Carter tips in his second goal of the game


Goal of the game

Goligoski's shootout goal.

Video: LAK@ARI: Goligoski wins it in the shootout


Save of the game

Hill's save on Adrian Kempe at 16:27 of the third period.

Video: LAK@ARI: Hill flashes the leather on Kempe


Highlight of the game

Dvorak's goal at 10:13 of the second period.

Video: LAK@ARI: Dvorak fires home top-shelf snipe


They said it

"It's tough to play back-to-back. We weren't really ready from the start but we started to figure it out after the first period." -- Kings forward Adrian Kempe, whose team defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Monday


"You want to get the fans excited about coming and watching and getting wins on home ice." -- Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski, whose team is 8-2-1 in its past 11 home games


Need to know

Kings forward Anze Kopitar has six points (one goal, five assists) in a five-game point streak, and 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past nine games. … Raanta missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. … Stepan has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past six games.


What's next

Kings: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


Video: Hill earns first win as Coyotes edge Kings in SO

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