LOS ANGELES -- Leave it to the least likely sources to end “the streak.”
The Kings scored more than two goals for the first time in the last 15 games Monday night and avoided setting a modern-day mark for goal-scoring futility. The sold-out crowd let out a big sigh of relief when defenseman Willie Mitchell scored No. 3 early in the third period and then watched nervously as the Kings held on for a 4-3 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center.
Mitchell came into the game with just 25 goals in 672 career games but looked right at home when he took a drop pass from Dustin Penner in the right faceoff circle and fired it past Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera for a 3-2 lead at the 1:48 mark.
Dustin Brown gave the Kings a two-goal edge with his ninth goal of the season at the 7:06 mark, sending LaBarbera, his former teammate on the Kings, to the bench. Brown’s third goal in four games turned out to be a huge one, as the Coyotes cut the deficit back to one 33 seconds later.
The Kings also received a rare goal from defenseman Rob Scuderi, his first of the season and sixth in 491 career games. Brad Richardson scored his second goal of the season later in the opening period for a 2-1 lead.
The win is also the first in regulation for Darryl Sutter, who took over as head coach last week and is now 1-1-1 with the Kings.
More to come from the locker room.