Vilardi, Kings top Coyotes for fourth straight win


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Gabriel Vilardi scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings won their fourth straight game with a 4-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Alex Iafallo scored twice, Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, and Calvin Petersen made 22 saves for the Kings (7-6-3), who also defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves for the Coyotes (7-7-3), who are 1-2-2 in their past five games.

Vilardi took a drop pass from Jeff Carter and scored from the edge of the right circle for a 3-2 lead at 12:52 of the third.

Kessel tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 9:41 of the third.

Iafallo gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 4:37 of the second period.

Derick Brassard‘s one-timer deflected off Kings defenseman Olli Maatta‘s stick to tie the game 1-1 on a power play at 11:49 of the second.

Moore scored a shorthanded goal 52 seconds into the third for a 2-1 lead. The Coyotes used a coach’s challenge for goalie interference but the call on the ice was upheld and they were assessed a delay of game penalty.

Iafallo scored his second of the game into an empty net at 19:47 for the 4-2 final.

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