Numerous scrums littered the ice in the Coyotes 3-1 win over the Kings. Coyotes fans showered the Kings in boos and "beat LA" chants at every opportunity. This rivalry has only intensified since the two teams met in the 2012 Western Conference Final. A fact the officials were very aware of.
Referees called 10 minor penalties in the first period including three violations for roughing. The physical game ended with 14 penalties and 69 combined hits.
Phoenix bounced back with a strong defensive performance after allowing 11 goals in their previous two games.
"I thought we just competed harder defensively, we were harder in front of our net, we competed like we were supposed to, we got an A-game from Smitty and some timely scoring. It's a good two points," Coach Dave Tippett said.
After a slow start on the scoreboard, The Coyotes ramped up their offensive play scoring two goals in the final two minutes of the second period and adding to their lead to open the third period. Mike Smith played solid all night, stopping 41 of 42 shots en route to winning the game's second star.
Phoenix's win was their second in a row and fourth in the last five games. Their 8-3-2 record places Phoenix fourth in the Pacific Division and sixth in the Western Conference.
The Coyotes bounced back from a 7-4 loss to the Kings last week that ended their seven-game point streak.
"[After] you get shellacked like we did in LA, it's nice to play them so soon after [that game]," Smith said.
The first period was a smorgasbord of penalties including a diving call, an illegal face-off call and a disallowed goal. Phoenix had 17 shots in the opening period including a brief 5-on-3 power play but could not capitalize.
The Coyotes weathered an early second period rally by the Kings before taking the lead in the waning minutes. A Derek Morris point-shot ricocheted off of Robyn Regehr's skate and Drew Doughty's knee before slowly sliding into the net. Phoenix scored their second goal in 95 seconds, a power play goal, after Shane Doan deflected an Oliver Ekman-Larsson point-shot past Ben Scrivens to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead. Doan's goal was the 100th of his career on the power play.
Kyle Chipchura opened the third period scoring after driving the net hard and pushing a David Moss pass into the net. The goal gave Chipchura a Gordie Howe Hat Trick which consist of a goal, assist and a fight.
Jarret Stoll broke up Smith's shut out late in the third period with a power play goal. Smith caught a large piece of the puck with his pads but could not prevent he puck from slipping into the net.
Andy Miele scored his first two career points assisting on Morris' and Chipchura's goals. It was Miele's ninth career NHL game and his first this season.
"I've been up and down for the last two years," Miele said. "I know the guys a lot better and the system much better. I think I can keep on rolling here."
Miele impressed his coach as well. "He's come a long way in a couple years," Tippett said. "You can tell in his confidence. He goes into the face-off circle and he wants to play, instead of going out and going oh, I'm not sure I can play."
Jordan Szwarz played his first career NHL game and played 8:16. Both he and Miele were called up due to the injuries of Jeff Halpern and Rostislav Klesla as well as the suspension of Martin Hanzal.
- Phoenix is 4-0-1 this season when leading after two periods.
- Yandle extended his point streak to four games.
- He also has a four-game point streak against the Kings.
- After out shooting LA 17-9 in the first period, Phoenix was out-shot 33-16 the rest of the way.
- Attendance: 10,452.