LOS ANGELES - Peter Mueller ended a 21-game goal drought, and Shane Doan scored on a power play, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
Ilya Bryzgalov beat the Kings for the sixth straight time, stopping 24 shots after making a career-high 43 saves Tuesday night in a 5-4 overtime loss at Colorado.
Defenceman Peter Harrold scored a power-play goal with 11:11 remaining, after getting his first of the season Tuesday night in a 3-0 win at Columbus. Jonathan Quick, who had his first NHL shutout in that game, stopped 24 Phoenix shots in his sixth career start and third in a row.
Kings defenceman Kyle Quincey received a roughing penalty with 2:22 left in the second period, and the Coyotes scored five seconds later. Kyle Turris won a faceoff from Michal Handzus deep in the zone, and Doan redirected Olli Jokinen's slap shot from the right point through Quick's legs for his 17th goal and a 2-0 lead.
Mueller opened the scoring at 10:44 of the first period. He finished off a 2-on-1 rush against defenceman Sean O'Donnell by steering Doan's cross-ice feed past Quick's outstretched left leg for his sixth this season and first since scoring in back-to-back home wins Nov. 8-9 against Florida and San Jose.
The Kings got on the board nine seconds after Jokinen was sent off for holding. Harrold got a return pass from Anze Kopitar and scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue-line while teammate Dustin Brown was screening Bryzgalov at the edge of the crease. The goal came just 43 seconds after Phoenix killed off an elbowing penalty against Kurt Sauer.
The Coyotes, who were short-handed only once against the Kings in a 4-2 victory on Dec. 2 at Phoenix, didn't get their first penalty in this one until Derek Morris was sent off for interference against Brown in front of the Phoenix net at 13:28 of the second period. The Coyotes got a break during the ensuing power play when Kings rookie defenseman Drew Doughty's 55-foot wrist shot hit the right post.
Notes: Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of Coyotes coach and managing partner Wayne Gretzky, sang the National Anthem. ... Doan's 56 career points against Los Angeles are the most he has against any team. ... Jason LaBarbera, who has lost six consecutive starts against Phoenix since, served as Quick's backup. Erik Ersberg missed his fifth straight game because of a groin injury. ... Gretzky, who spent eight seasons playing for the Kings and led them to their only Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1993, is 17-9-0 against them as a head coach - all with Phoenix. One of the losses charged to him came with Rick Tocchet behind the bench, while Gretzky was on a leave of absence from the club because of his mother's illness. Phyllis Gretzky died Dec. 19, 2005, at age 64. ... Four Kings prospects are participating at the world junior championships, which began Friday night in Ottawa. C Oscar Moller, who has appeared in 30 games this season for Los Angeles, is the captain of the Swedish team. D Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert are with Canada, and D Viatcheslav Voynov is a member of the Russian squad. ... The Kings have lost 14 of 15 games this season in which their opponent scored first. ... The Kings face the Coyotes again Saturday night at Phoenix.