Lee Stempniak tallied two goals for the Coyotes, who have lost three of their last four contests. Ilya Bryzgalov gave up four goals on 33 shots in the loss and Martin Hanzal notched a goal. With 1:43 left in the middle stanza, Stempniak squared the game away at three to cap off Phoenix's three-goal rally. He took a short pass from Taylor Pyatt and ripped a wrister from inside the left circle that went low past Quick.
The Kings came out hard in the final frame and it paid off less than five minutes in. Jack Johnson blasted a shot from the right point. The shot was deflected by a crowd in front, but a diving Stoll chipped in a backhand to put LA up 4-3. The Coyotes couldn't knot the game up the despite pulling Bryzgalov for a 6- on-5 advantage with 96 seconds left. Quick ended up with 10 saves in the final frame to preserve the win.
Los Angeles didn't take long to score after being held scoreless by Phoenix just two days prior. Just 1:22 in, Ryan Smyth's pass set up a Williams' breakaway goal for a 1-0 lead. The lead grew to two, 2-0, six minutes later after Drew Doughty used a crafty move to get open long enough to blast a slap shot from the top of the right circle past Bryzgalov.
Still in the opening period, the two teams traded goals in a 52-second span. LA took a brief 3-0 edge off of Martinez's slap shot at the 13:33 mark, and Phoenix got on the board on Stempniak's shot off of Pyatt's blocked wrist shot. It became a one-goal game just three minutes into the second period off of Hanzal's power-play goal. Keith Yandle set up the score with a pass to Hanzal, who finished with a backhander from in tight.
Los Angeles avoided a sixth straight loss to division-rival Phoenix...The Coyotes were 1-for-2 on the power play, while LA blanked on three man- advantages...Smyth ended with two assists...Pyatt also has two assists.
(Sports Network) - The Kings felt a big call went against them in their opener of a home-and-home set with the Coyotes on Thursday, but they should be more concerned with a continued lack of offense. Struggling Los Angeles hopes to avoid a sixth straight loss to division-rival Phoenix when the clubs meet again this evening at Jobing.com Arena. The Kings have been held to a pair of goals or less in seven of their last 10 games and skated to a deadlock in the first period of Thursday's game versus the Coyotes. Knowing offense might be scarce, Los Angeles was displeased when video replay did not overturn the game's first goal, a tally by Phoenix's Martin Hanzal at the 8:48 mark of the second period that the Kings felt was hit in by a high-stick.
However, the goal stood and the Coyotes' Lee Stempniak scored just 57 seconds later. That was all goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov would need as he made 36 saves in a 2-0 shutout, his third of the season and 19th of his career. He is 14-4-2 with a 2.30 goals-against average lifetime versus the Kings. "He was very strong, we kept a lot of pucks to the outside," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said of his netminder. "Not a lot of rebounds, and I thought we did a pretty good job around the net. He made the stops he had to make."
The Kings were not happy with the loss, which came despite allowing a season- low 15 shots. Jonathan Quick came up with 13 saves as Los Angeles lost its third straight game and for the 10th time in its last 12 contests. "Obviously, the confidence is not the highest but it is what it is," said Kings forward Anze Kopitar, who has just one goal in his past 13 games. "You go through stretches like this in the season and you have to find a way to get out of them. We found a way to get out of one earlier and we're going to find a way to get out of this one."
Ryan Smyth, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown, who are all tied for the club lead with 17 goals, join Kopitar in his struggles. Brown has just one goal in his last 12 games, Williams two in his past 10 and Smyth has gone six straight without lighting the lamp. Los Angeles, which is five points out of a playoff spot, has been outscored, 12-5, in losing all three meetings with Phoenix this year. Quick, meanwhile, has a 4.47 GAA this year versus the Coyotes and has been in net for each game during the current five-game series losing streak.
Phoenix has won its last three at home versus Los Angeles as well as 11 of the last 15 meetings in the desert. Thursday's win snapped a two-game losing streak and was the club's seventh victory in its last 10 games overall. Ray Whitney had an assist on Hanzal's goal to give him a pair of goals and five helpers in his last six games, while Keith Yandle has a goal and seven assists on a six-game point streak. Blueliner Ed Jovanovski (lower body) has missed the last four games for the Coyotes, who are fifth overall in the West and six points back of first-place Dallas in the Pacific Division.