The scoreboard will show that the Arizona Coyotes lost this game, but in many ways, it felt as good as winning.
Arizona managed to score twice on a major penalty late in the third period to force overtime against the Los Angeles Kings, though it would ultimately be the Kings that came out on top.
1-0 Arizona: The Coyotes' lackluster power play came to life early on, as Oliver Ekman-Larsson rifled a shot from the point through traffic over Jonathan Quick's glove-hand. Assists to Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette on the power play goal at 9:43.
There were no goals in the second, but not for lack of trying. Brad Richardson would take a delay-of-game penalty at 19:46 of the second, which would proves very important going into the third.
1-1 Tie: Los Angeles would score its first of the game on the power play as Drew Doughty found an open area on the near side. His slapshot from the faceoff circle beat Domingue glove-side to even the score. Assists to Alec Martinez and Anze Kopitar on the power play goal at 0:37.
2-1 Los Angeles: Arizona's would trail for the first time in this game just four minutes after Doughty's goal, as an errant Oliver Ekman-Larsson pass to nobody ended up on Tanner Pearson's stick. A give-and-go play off of Marian Gaborik eventually ended up in the net, after Pearson's final crossing pass deflected off of Connor Murphy's stick and through Louis Domingue's pads. Assist to Gaborik on the goal at 4:17.
3-1 Los Angeles: Coyotes fan-favorite Dustin Brown gave the Kings a two goal lead in the third. A slap-pass from the point ended up lose in the middle. The puck squirted to Brown, who had enough room on the opposite side of the play to beat Domingue. Assists to Nick Shore and Jamie McBain on the power play goal at 6:23.
3-2 Los Angeles: Despite giving up another power play, the Coyotes got some life when Jake Muzzin was given a match penalty for a check to the head on Boyd Gordon. A subsequent Alec Martinez delay-of-game penalty gave the Coyotes a five-on-three. Michael Stone's point shot was tipped in by Antoine Vermette to get the Coyotes within one. Assists to Stone and Mikkel Boedker on the power play goal at 16:07.
3-3 Tie: Arizona climbed all the way to the top of the mountain thanks to Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who scored from almost the exact same spot that Michael Stone took his shot from mere seconds before. This time however, the puck hit no Coyotes on the way in, and OEL tallied his second of the night. Assists to Max Domi and Mikkel Boedker on the power play goal at 16:37.
4-3 Los Angeles: Anze Kopitar would salvage the second point for the Kings after Viktor Tikhonov blew a tire defending him. Louis Domingue's poke-check missed, giving Kopitar a gaping net to score the winner into. Assists to Tyler Toffoli and Drew Doughty on the goal at 0:36.
|Los Angeles Kings||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||8||9|
|Second Period Shots||10||7|
|Third Period Shots||13||10|
|Power Plays||2 for 6||3 for 7|
- For the Los Angeles perspective, check out Jewels From The Crown.
- The Coyotes skated seven defensemen with Zbynek Michalek's return to the lineup. Martin Hanzal, Steve Downie, and John Scott were Arizona's scratches.
- Jeff Carter left the game in the first period with an apparent hand injury. He did not return.
- Dustin Brown's goal was his first in his last fourteen games.
- Here's the hit laid by Jake Muzzin on Boyd Gordon that resulted in a match penalty, courtesy of @MyRegularFace:
- The angle shows that while Gordon was in a vulnerable position with his head lower to the ice, Muzzin made exclusive contact with Gordon's head.
- Per NHL Rule 21.2, Muzzin will be indefinitely suspended until the league office has a chance to review the play. Los Angeles does not play again until Monday, so it is unlikely Muzzin misses any time prior to a ruling.
- Attendance: 15,277
The Coyotes will travel to Colorado tonight for a game against the Avalanche tomorrow. Puck drop is at 6 PM Arizona time.