Kings 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: After blowing an early three-goal lead, Jarret Stoll scored with about 15 minutes remaining Saturday night to give the Kings a much-needed victory at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix. The Kings had lost 10 of 12 coming into the game.
THE STAT: The Kings limited the Coyotes to 26 shots on goal, the seventh consecutive opponent that has taken 28 or fewer shots at their net. The Kings had a streak of seven straight periods of holding the opposition to single-digit shots on goal, until the Coyotes managed 10 in the third period Saturday.
TURNING POINT: Stoll scored the winning goal on a remarkable effort. Jack Johnson let a slap shot fly from straight out and the puck caromed to the side of Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who had shut out the Kings just two days earlier in Los Angeles. Stoll made a diving swipe at the puck from the opposite side of the crease and knocked it into the net.
HOT: Stoll continues to be the most productive offensive player of late, owning six goals in the last nine games. Defensively, Matt Greene was plus-two for the game with an assist, and is plus-five in the last eight games with two assists.
NOT: The Kings went 0-for-3 on the power play, running their scoreless streak on the man-advantage to 22 power plays covering the last seven games.
GOOD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray has repeatedly stressed shot mentality, which basically means he wants to players to shoot the puck any time they see an opening. They obviously followed his advice in the first period, taking 14 shots and scoring three goals.
BAD MOVE: Kings right wing Dustin Brown had an empty net and plenty of room to shoot in the final minute but hit the post. Brown doesn’t have a goal in the last seven games.
NOTABLE: With the win, the Kings kept themselves from falling into 13th place in the Western Conference. More important, they moved to within three points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.
UP NEXT: Monday vs. the Boston Bruins at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.