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Raanta makes 31 saves, Coyotes shut out Kings

Garland has goal, assist; Los Angeles denied fourth straight win

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Raanta's 31-save shutout

LAK@ARI: Raanta earns shutout for Coyotes

Antti Raanta makes 31 saves to earn his first shutout of the season for the Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Antti Raanta made 31 saves, and the Arizona Coyotes ended the Los Angeles Kings' three-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory at Gila River Arena on Monday.

Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and Christian Dvorak and Nick Schmaltz each had two assists for Arizona (13-7-2), which has won four of its past five games.

The shutout was the Coyotes' second straight; Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves in a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. It's the first time Arizona has had consecutive shutouts since a three-game streak from March 29-April 3, 2012.

"We've got a 1-2 punch here that's pretty special," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.

 

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Jack Campbell made 24 saves for Los Angeles (8-12-2), which went 0-for-4 on the power play.

"We were just too slow, our feet weren't moving, and our mind wasn't as sharp as it needed to be," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "It seems like we were a half step too slow, a couple of feet off, which in the big picture is obviously big and was the difference."

Garland scored his Coyotes-leading 10th goal at 3:12 of the first. Dvorak took the puck from Kurtis MacDermid in the slot and swept it to Garland for a tap-in to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

"We got off to a great start, and I think we played pretty smart the whole way through," Raanta said. "Our [penalty kill] was really good, and obviously the power play got a couple of goals, and that's nice because that always gives you confidence. … They had a three-game winning streak, and you know it's not going to be an easy game."

Video: LAK@ARI: Garland buries Dvorak's no-look feed

Stepan finished a tic-tac-toe passing sequence with Phil Kessel and Dvorak on the power play to make it 2-0 at 14:48 of the first.

Jakob Chychrun scored a power-play goal to make it 3-0 at 10:47 of the second.

The Coyotes were 2-for-4 with the man-advantage after going 1-for-26 over the previous eight games.

"It was huge for us to get that going," Dvorak said. "We were moving the puck well, winning our battles and we were able to execute. We were struggling before, but we practiced on that this morning and it paid off."

Raanta preserved his 12th NHL shutout with a save against Austin Wagner on a breakaway at 10:31 of the third period. The Coyotes' 49 goals-against are the second fewest in the NHL; the New York Islanders have allowed 42.

"We really want to be a team that, when people come in here, they know that if they're going to score they're going to have to really work and go to the [tough] areas," Tocchet said. "I think we've really defended well."

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They said it

"I think it's pretty obvious. They get two [power-play goals], we don't get anything, and momentum swings a lot. We tried to prepare our group for their quickness and tenacity, and we just didn't quite get there. We weren't ready to experience it." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"We had a day off [Sunday], but they (Raanta and Kuemper) came to the rink and wanted shots. That's the kind of stuff they're doing. They do what they have to do to get ready, and they're willing to do it on a day off. That says a lot about the character of those two kids." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

 

Need to know

Kopitar's six-game point streak ended (three goals, six assists). … It's the first time in the history of the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise that two goalies each had a shutout in successive games. … Raanta is 4-0-1 against the Kings. … Arizona is 8-1-1 when it scores first; Los Angeles is 1-9-0 when it allows the first goal.

 

What's next

Kings: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, SNW, SNOL, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, SNO, NHL.TV)

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