LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings made the most of their
The Kings scored four goals on 110 shots in losses to Buffalo,
Chicago and Vancouver, and then were outshot 25-24 by Phoenix. But
they enjoyed their highest-scoring game since beating Carolina 8-2
on Feb. 7.
"We probably played better in the last two games, but the
bottom line is the wins. Whatever we had to do to find a way to win
this one, we needed to do it," coach Andy Murray said.
Luc Robitaille had a power-play goal and two assists, and
Lubomir Visnovsky capped a three-goal first period with another
power-play goal. Derek Armstrong and Jon Sim scored less than five
minutes apart in the second period for the Kings, who finished
their longest homestand of the season 3-4.
"We have to be better," goaltender Zac Bierk said. "We have
to bring a better work ethic and a more consistent one.
Individually, there's not a guy in this room who could say he
played well tonight."
The Kings staked goaltender Roman Cechmanek to a 5-1 lead before
Phoenix coach Bob Francis replaced Bierk with Sean Burke at the
start of the third period. Kolanos scored just 17 seconds after
intermission, and the Coyotes received a five-minute power play
when Sean Avery received an additional major after starting a fight
with Mike Johnson.
Suchy scored on a long slap shot with 2:33 left on the power
play, but Frolov blunted Phoenix's momentum by converting a rebound
of Jason Holland's one-timer with 10:26 to play. It was the first
short-handed goal allowed this season by the Coyotes.
"They were playing well and they were getting a few bounces,
but that goal we scored to make it 6-3 really killed them,"
Frolov ended the scoring with 29 seconds left, converting Trent
Klatt's pass from the left corner. It was the third two-goal game
for the Kings' No.1 draft pick in 2000. Last season, he had 14
goals and 17 assists in 79 games.
"We'd like to see Frolov get us between 30 and 40 goals and
play solid two-way hockey," Murray said. "He's a young player who
needs to learn to play hard. I think he's certainly been one of our
better players on this homestand."
Palffy's third goal of the season was upheld by video replay at
1:50 of the first. Armstrong had the puck behind the net and passed
it through three defenders, finding Palffy alone in the right
circle for a one-timer that Bierk gloved behind the goal line while
on his knees.
"I was standing on the goal line and I knew that glove was all
the way in," Robitaille said.
The Kings made it 2-0 with 31 seconds left on a four-minute,
high-sticking penalty against Phoenix's Tyson Nash. Visnovsky's
45-foot one-timer at 9:19 of the first deflected in off Robitaille,
standing in front of Bierk.
"As far as the power play is concerned, I always go by how many
chances we get instead of shots," Robitaille said. "The last
game, we really took it to Vancouver and didn't score. But tonight
we finally got rewarded on the power play."
Sim, playing in his 100th NHL game, was credited with his first
goal of the season when Bierk stopped his wrist shot from the top
of the left circle, and Phoenix defenseman Paul Mara accidentally
knocked in the rebound.
"Everybody will go home and look at this game and realize it's
embarrassing right now to be on this team," Phoenix captain Shane
The Kings collected $250,000 for the American Red Cross
relief fund to help those displaced by the Southern California
wildfires. The amount includes $32,000 donated by the Kings
players, coaches and front office staff. ... The Coyotes are
winless in eight road games against Los Angeles (0-5-3), including
four straight losses. ... The Kings were 1-for-24 on the power play
in their previous four games. The Coyotes, had allowed just one
goal in 30 short-handed situations on the road this season before
the power-play goals by Robitaille and Visnovsky. ... Palffy has 23
goals in 26 career games against the Coyotes. ... The last time
Phoenix went more than eight games without winning was 1997-98