Kings extend point streak, defeat Coyotes in shootout


GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Los Angeles Kings recovered after blowing a two-goal lead for a 3-2 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored in the first period for the Kings (6-6-3), who have won three games in a row and are 3-0-1 in their past four. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.

Conor Garland and Phil Kessel scored in the second period for the Coyotes (7-6-3), who are 1-0-2 in their past three. Darcy Kuemper made 27 saves.

Gabriel Vilardi scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout for Los Angeles.

Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 4:21 into the game after Anze Kopitar chipped him the puck out of a scramble along the left boards.

Carter made it 2-0 at 11:50 when Kuemper accidentally knocked the puck across the goal line. The goal initially was waved off for goaltender interference, but Kings coach Todd McLellan successfully challenged.

The Coyotes tied the game with two goals less than five minutes apart early in the second.

Garland scored from the high slot at 1:00 to make it 2-1, and Kessel scored his first goal in 12 games off Tyler Pitlick‘s rebound at 5:51, seven seconds after an Arizona power play ended, to tie it 2-2.

Kopitar and Adrian Kempe also scored in the shootout for the Kings. Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak scored for the Coyotes.

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