Game 47; 29-15-3
GLENDALE, Ariz. — They were hoping to start their back-to-back weekend on a high note but they could not as the Los Angeles Kings fall in the desert to the Arizona Coyotes by a 3-2 count. The Kings now fall to 1-3-0 against them this season.
The Coyotes came exploding out of the gate in the first, outshooting the Kings 12-3 in that opening frame, and their dominance paid off.
At the 13:43 mark, the Desert Dogs opened the scoring as a Michael Stone point shot deflected off the chest of captain Shane Doan and past Jonathan Quick. The goal was the veteran’s 17th of the year.
In the second, the Kings picked up their play and eventually took advantage of an Arizona miscue.
At the 6:53 mark, netminder Louis Domingue was tripped up on a collision but stopped to take off his mask while the play was still going on. Domingue, who was out of his net, made way for Nick Shore who potted his third to tie the game. The Coyotes, though, were able to regain their lead as, at the 9:19 mark, Oliver Ekman-Larsson made no mistake on a rebound, cashing in on the power play for his 14th. But the Kings did not quit.
Pressing late, Dustin Brown made no mistake on the doorstep, scoring his fifth and first in 11 games to tie the game once again. Jeff Carter and Luke Schenn provided the assists.
Overall, it was a better period for the silver-and-black as they outshot the Coyotes 12-6 in the frame.
In the third, Arizona wasted no time regaining their lead as 22 seconds in, Jordan Martinook beat Quick on a partial breakaway for his fifth. The goal stood as the game-winner as the Kings just could not muster much of anything late. They did have their chances but the Desert Dogs got the better end of this matchup, taking advantage of an absent Milan Lucic who was ejected from the game after punching a Coyote during a scrum.
Next up for the Kings is a trip to San Jose where they take on the Sharks on Sunday night.