Series (Game 1 of 6)

Los Angeles leads 3-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Game 2: Thursday, November 27th
Game 3: Thursday, December 18th
Game 4: Wednesday, December 31st
Game 5: Tuesday, March 9th
Game 6: Wednesday, March 10th

Coyotes 3

(3-5-0, 9 pts)

Kings 7

(5-5-0, 10 pts)

10:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
ARI 1 0 23
LA 3 2 27

Z. Palffy (Kings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

D. Armstrong (Kings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

L. Robitaille (Kings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Los Angeles 7, Phoenix 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings made the most of their shots.

Alexander Frolov scored twice in the third period, once short-handed, and Ziggy Palffy had a goal and three assists to lead the Kings over the Phoenix Coyotes 7-3 Saturday night.

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.

Daymond Langkow, Krystofer Kolanos and Radoslav Suchy scored for the Coyotes, 0-5-3 since a 3-0 start.

"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," Robitaille said.

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 Doan said.

Game notes

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 (0-8-2).

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