(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging Los Angeles Kings will aim for a fifth win
in six outings when they visit the rival Phoenix Coyotes for Tuesday's Pacific
Division battle at Jobing.com Arena.
The Kings have won two in a row and are coming off Sunday's 2-1 shootout win
over visiting Edmonton. Anze Kopitar scored the game-winner in the shootout
phase to help L.A. record its fourth win in five outings and seventh in nine
Mike Richards got the shootout started after beating Edmonton goaltender
Richard Bachman with a wrister over his left shoulder. Jordan Eberle answered
by sneaking one between LA's Jonathan Quick's glove on the post before the
next two shooters were turned away.
Kopitar then skated in slowly and blasted one over Bachman's pad and under his
blocker for the game-winner. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' ensuing attempt was wide
left to secure the second point for L.A.
Richards also had a regulation goal for the Kings, who improved to 4-0 in
shootouts this season. Quick finished with 17 saves in the win, while Bachman
made 47 saves for the Oilers.
"Their goalie had a hell of a game, with almost 50 shots for them, 50 is a lot
of shots. I think we had a lot of traffic," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
The Kings hope to improve to 2-0 against the Coyotes tonight after L.A.
recorded a 7-4 win over a visiting Phoenix club on Thursday. Dwight King
notched his first career hat trick to lead L.A. past the Coyotes and Quick
made 24 saves for the win. Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith allowed four goals on
15 shots in the first period before being replaced by Thomas Greiss, who
turned away 20 shots over the final 40 minutes.
L.A. has claimed three of four and four of the last six meetings with the
Coyotes overall, but Phoenix has taken two in a row and four of the past five
encounters in the desert.
The Coyotes have won three of their last four games and rebounded from
Thursday's loss to the Kings with Saturday's 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Keith Yandle netted the tying goal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the winner
in the latter stages of the third period, giving Phoenix the close victory
against the visiting Oilers.
Radim Vrbata chipped in three assists, while Martin Hanzal, Michael Stone and
David Schlemko also lit the lamp for the Coyotes. Smith stopped 26 shots for
the win, improving his record to 6-2-2 on the season.
"I like winning, but there's just some things in our game that need to improve
if we're going to win long term," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.
Saturday's contest marked the start of a three-game homestand for the Coyotes,
who have yet to lose in regulation at Jobing.com Arena, going 4-0-1 as the
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