Game 50; 31-16-3
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It started out as a normal game for the Los Angeles Kings: a low-scoring affair. But then came the second period and the silver-and-black had a rare explosion as they scored four times in the frame to take over their game in Arizona, ultimately defeating the Coyotes by a 6-2 count.
While they do still lose the season series to the Desert Dogs, the Kings were able to close it out on a winning note as they overpowered a Coyotes team who had found plenty of success against them this season. On this night, though, while they were able to take advantage of a scarce number of shots early on, the Coyotes just didn’t have much in the tank for the silver-and-black.
The Coyotes, however, did open the scoring in this one courtesy of Jordan Martinook, scoring at 6:13 of the first.
In the second, the Kings tied it.
At the 3:40 mark and on the power play, the silver-and-black capitalized as Anze Kopitar fed Jake Muzzin who sniped his sixth past Louis Domingue. Drew Doughty picked up the other assist. Arizona, though, regained the lead just a few minutes later courtesy of Anthony Duclair‘s 14th. But from there, it was all Los Angeles.
The Kings capitalized on the power play again as, just shy of the halfway mark of the period, Alec Martinez took a pass from Drew Doughty to slap his sixth past Domingue to tie the game once again. Kopitar had the second assist.
With 1:13 remaining in the period, the Kings began to pull away. First, Marian Gaborik scored his 10th from Dwight King and then, just 12 seconds later, Dustin Brown potted his sixth from Milan Lucic and Luke Schenn.
Early in the third, the Kings captain struck again, netting his second of the night from Muzzin and Nick Shore to put Los Angeles up by three. Then, at the 7:30 mark, Vincent Lecavalier made it 6-2 with his fifth — and fourth on the power play — to end Louis Domingue’s night. Anders Lindback came on in relief and while he didn’t allow a goal, the damage was already done as the Kings convincingly took the rubber match of this season series.
With the win, the Kings take advantage of San Jose‘s loss on Tuesday to extend their division lead to nine points. In the process, the Kings spoil a milestone night for former assistant Dave Tippett, who, now behind Arizona’s bench, celebrated his 1000th-career game as a head coach.
This game was also an emotional one for the Kings as it was the first without Hall-of-Famer Bob Miller calling the action.
Miller took a medical leave of absence to have bypass surgery. The surgery, performed on Tuesday, was successful, but the legend’s absence is still felt by the Kings and their beloved fans.
Overall, everything went right for the Kings on this night as they hope to continue their solid play on Thursday when they play host to the Anaheim Ducks.