Like in the shootout, scoring goals in regulation was rare courtesy to the great net-minding of both Louis Domingue and Ben Bishop. It appeared the game was destined to finish 1-1 with Max Domi and Tyler Toffoli the lone goal scorers for each of the club.
But come the final minutes of the game it seemed Toffoli had sealed the win for the Kings off a late power play goal, only for Domi to score again with Domingue pulled for an extra attacker, evening up the score 2-2 with less than a minute on the clock.
From there, overtime and the shootout was just as even as regulation, with Anthony DeAngelo finally scoring the game winner after both sides failed to score for 9 consecutive rounds after both scored in the first.
No scoring in the first as each side took 11 shots on goal while the Coyotes went 0/2 on the Power Play.
1-0 LA - Louis Domingue makes a save on booming Jake Muzzin slap shot from the point, but the rebound spills right out in front where Tyler Toffoli was waiting all alone. There, at close range, Toffoli collects the puck and bests Domingue. Assists to Muzzin and Anze Kopitar at 5:03.
1-1 Tie - Jakob Chychrun collects a LA turnover in the neutral zone and carries into the Coyotes’ offensive zone. There, Chychrun dishes it off wide to an open Christian Dvorak who then draws the Kings’ attention before chipping it off to Max Domi streaming down the middle of the ice. Domi then goes around one LA defender and rips a bullet past Ben Bishop. Assists to Dvorak and Chychrun at 5:49.
2-1 LA - After a controversial call against Connor Murphy for tripping Dustin Brown, the Kings find themselves on the power play with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Late in the penalty, it appeared the Coyotes’ forwards had cleared the puck and went to rush out of the zone, however it was kept in by the Kings. Jeff Carter ends up with the puck in a two on two situation and freezes both of Arizona’s defenders who think he’s going to shoot. Instead he smoothly lays it out to his left where Tyler Toffoli one times it in past a sprawling Louis Domingue. Assists to Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar.
2-2 Tie - With an empty net for the Coyotes, Drew Doughty attempts to score an empty net goal from the Kings’ own zone but instead ices the puck as it takes a weird bounce past the open net. Now back in the Coyotes’ offensive zone, Arizona win the puck in the ensuing scramble for the puck after the face off. Shane Doan takes a shot from right in front among the madness which is saved by Bishop outside of his crease. The rebound falls to Max Domi who is waiting to the left of the net, and with Bishop so far out of the goal Domi is able to score into an open net. Assists to Doan and Radim Vrbata at 19:15.
The Kings out shot the Coyotes 4 shots on goal to 3, but both sides exchanged opportunities as Arizona finished the overtime period on the Power Play.
Brendan Perlini and Jeff Carter scored in the first round. From there on, the shootout was scoreless until the 11th round when Anthony DeAngelo scored the game winner after Louis Domingue made the save on the Kings’ shooter.
- Can kids stay strong? - While Brendan Perlini couldn’t continue his goal scoring streak, he did score during the shootout. Furthermore, Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun both registered assists during the night and Anthony DeAngelo scored the game winner in the shootout. That’s a lot of contribution from several rookies.
- Will Domingue be able to back the team with saves? - Sporting brand new, predominately Sedona red pads, Domingue was fantastic in net for the Coyotes tonight making several excellent game saving saves.
- Will the rivalry show its head tonight? - There weren’t any distinct “rivalry” moments tonight, but it most certainly had the feel of a rivalry classic. Both teams combined for 57 hits and a late Dustin Brown dive for a late Kings Power Play goal followed by an even later Max Domi game tying goal. Now the season series is tied up, it sets up what should be an interesting series decider when these teams meet for the final time this season on April 3rd in LA.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Louis Domingue - Domingue made 44 saves on 46 shots for a huge .957 save percentage in what might have been his best game ever. He made many key saves and robbed Jeff Carter more than once.
LA - Ben Bishop - While not as spectacular as Domingue, Bishop still did his bit to try and get the Kings across the line. 9 saves in the shootout and 30 more in regulation from 32 shots for a healthy .938 save percentage just goes to show why he and Jonathan Quick should lay claim to the best goal-tending duo in the NHL right now.
- For more on the LA Kings, check out Jewels from the Crown.
- Teemu Pulkkinen was scratched for the Coyotes tonight, joining the injured Kevin Connauton and Alexander Burmistrov on the sidelines.
- All regulation goals were scored the same two plays, Max Domi for Arizona and Tyler Toffoli for LA. During the shootout, Domi shot immediately after Toffoli however neither of them could solve their opponent’s goaltenders.
- Louis Domingue has now only allowed 1 goal during the shootout for the entire season.
- Here’s a look at Anthony DeAngelo’s game winner in the shootout:
The Coyotes face the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7:00pm at Gila River Arena and the game can also be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona or tuned into on AZ Sports 98.7 FM.