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Four-goal second lifts Kings past Coyotes

Brown scores two more against Arizona

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

Brown's unlikely goal

LAK@ARI: Brown puts it past Domingue from red line

2/2/16: Dustin Brown fires it from center ice to put it past Louis Domingue for an unlikely goal, giving the Kings a 4-2 lead in the 2nd

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown isn't having the kind of season he's used to personally, but he's scoring at a very healthy pace against the Arizona Coyotes.

Brown scored twice and helped cap a four-goal second period as he and Marian Gaborik scored goals 12 seconds apart to help the Kings to a 6-2 win against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

Brown has seven goals this season; five have come in as many games against the Coyotes.

"He should play Arizona more often; he'd have 70 goals this year instead of (seven)," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "He's on an 82-goal pace against this team."

Brown scored again in the third period and the Kings scored the final five goals of the game to defeat the Coyotes in regulation for the first time in five tries this season. But they had to rally twice in the second period.

Video: LAK@ARI: Brown wrists it in as he falls to the ice

"It's probably just coincidence," Brown said of his success against the Coyotes. "More importantly, we needed two points against a divisional rival and we played a solid game. We continued to do the right things, regardless of the score, and eventually we turned the tide."

Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Vincent Lecavalier all scored power-play goals for Los Angeles (31-16-3), who scored three times on seven chances against Arizona's struggling power play, which entered the game ranked 28th in the NHL.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for his 27th win of the season, third-most in the NHL.

Video: LAK@ARI: Gaborik wrists it by Domingue for the lead

Jordan Martinook and Anthony Duclair scored for the Coyotes (24-21-5), who are 2-5-1 in the past eight games. Arizona goalie Louis Domingue made 20 saves but allowed five goals for the second game in a row. He was pulled in the third period Tuesday.

"It's on me tonight. If I make more saves, then we have a chance to win. That's how I see it," Domingue said. "It's not the first time I've faced adversity in my career, so I have to regroup right away and move on."

The two goals Domingue allowed late in the second turned the game.

Gaborik gave the Kings a 3-2 lead at 18:47 of the second, taking advantage of a 2-on-1 break when Arizona defenseman Kevin Connauton broke his stick on a slap shot attempt at the high point.

Brown made it 4-2 at 18:59 when his innocent-looking wrist shot from the red line skidded past Domingue.

Video: LAK@ARI: Muzzin wrists it home on PP to tie it up

"The end of the second was the key," Brown said. "We got two breaks. First, with the broken stick and [Gaborik] doesn't miss very many shots when he has those types of looks. And my first goal was just a good bounce. So now we get a two-goal lead late in the second period and the momentum really swung."

Brown scored his second goal at 3:08 of the third period, chasing Domingue with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Lecavalier made it 6-2 at 7:30, the Kings' third power-play goal of the game, tipping home a Martinez feed by Arizona backup Anders Lindback.

"This one was a good lesson for us," said Arizona coach Dave Tippett, who coached his 1,000th NHL game. "Los Angeles looks like a team that's coming out of the (All-Star) break gearing up for the stretch drive and they showed that. There are lessons on special teams, in puck battles and in commitment to getting things done.

"I thought four of the six goals were stoppable goals, so it's good to see [Domingue] take responsibility for them. He's got to clean up some of his stuff, but there are a lot of messes in front of him we need to clean up also."

The Coyotes entered the game 3-0-1 in the first four games against the Kings and were 11-2-2 against Pacific Division rivals. They scored first 6:13 into the game.

Video: LAK@ARI: Duclair, Domi combine to retake the lead

Martinook chased a puck to the side boards in the Kings zone and sent with a weak shot from a bad angle that managed to squeeze between Quick's skate and the near post, slid along the goal line and banked off the far post and in. Martinook's sixth goal was his second in 10 days against the Kings; he scored the game-winner in a 3-2 Arizona win on Jan. 26.

Los Angeles outshot the Coyotes 10-6 in the first period and kept up the pressure on in the second, which began by capitalizing on Connor Murphy's roughing penalty.  

Muzzin used a Kopitar pass and a Jeff Carter screen in front on Domingue to put a shot from the left point under the crossbar at 3:40 for his sixth goal.

The Coyotes regained the lead quickly. Max Domi found Duclair with a pass between the circles, and Duclair put on the brakes and sent a shot that got past Quick's glove at 6:40.

But just over a minute later, Tobias Rieder went to the box for cross-checking and the Kings cashed in again. With Carter back in front to screen Domingue, Martinez banged a Drew Doughty feed over his pad at 9:57 to make it 2-2.

"[Carter] did a really good job," Martinez said. "You're playing against the best goalies in the world, and you're not going to score on a clean shot from there. … That doesn't go in unless he's standing there."

Video: Four-goal second lifts Kings past Coyotes

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