Phoenix 5, Los Angeles 4

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Los Angeles 27-21-5-7 15-13-0-4 12-8-5-3 L3
Phoenix 30-21-3-6 16-10-2-2 14-11-1-4 W3

Recap


COYOTES 5, KINGS 4 (SO): Ray Whitney and Mikkel Boedker scored in the shootout as host Phoenix overcame a 3-0 deficit to move into a first-place tie with San Jose.

Whitney opened the shootout with a goal and Dustin Brown briefly leveled it in the second round. Boedker then used a backhand to beat Jonathan Quick before Jack Johnson’s attempt sailed wide right.

Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist and Shane Doan scored twice to help Phoenix win its sixth in a row at home and improve to 8-0-1 overall in February.

Vrbata leveled the score with 2:27 left in regulation on the Coyotes’ third power-play goal of the night with his team-best 30th of the season. Vrbata has seven goals and five assists his past nine games.

The scoring-challenged Kings, who were coming off back-to-back shutouts, exploded for three goals in the first 15 minutes. Drew Doughty, Andrei Loktionov and Brown all got in the scoring act against goaltender Mike Smith.

The Coyotes clawed their way back in the second, taking advantage of penalties for a pair of power-play goals. Vrbata scored 50 seconds into the frame and Doan followed suit five minutes later with a wrist shot from close range to cut it to 3-2.

Williams converted a power-play tally of his own midway through the second before Doan was at it again, scoring from nearly the same spot to make it a one-goal contest.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Kings forward Jarret Stoll returned to the lineup after missing four games with a lower-body injury. … Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford was sent to the locker room with a five-minute major for crosschecking Keith Yandle midway through the third, leading to Vrbata’s tying goal. … Smith is unbeaten in his last eight starts.

Top Game Performances

Los Angeles   Phoenix
Dustin Brown 2 Points Radim Vrbata 3
Dustin Brown 1 Goals Radim Vrbata 2
Mike Richards 2 Assists Martin Hanzal 3
Justin Williams 1 Power Play Goals Radim Vrbata 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonathan Quick .862 Save Percentage Mike Smith .862
Jonathan Quick 25 Saves Mike Smith 25

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Los Angeles 29 4 1-3 4-7 20 36
Phoenix 29 5 3-7 2-3 8 22

Upcoming Games

  • Phoenix will play their next game on the road against Phoenix . The Coyotes have a W/L % of .433 after a win and .567 after a loss.
  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against Colorado . The Kings have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .545 after a loss.
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