Apparently the chant, “Beat L.A.” isn't just limited to the opposing fans of the Lakers and the Dodgers. In front of 15,075 vocal fans at Jobing.com Arena the visiting Los Angeles Kings renewed their recent rivalry with the Phoenix Coyotes and the home team beat L.A. 5-2.
Phoenix jumped out to an early lead and scored a pair of goals in the first period. At the 9:25 mark of the opening stanza Mikkel Boedker scored his fifth goal of the season and was assisted by Raffi Torres and Martin Hanzal. Approximately seven-minutes later Coyotes captain Shane Doan put the puck past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Doan's ninth goal of the season, which leads the Coyotes, was assisted by Derek Morris and Steve Sullivan.
The Coyotes extended their lead to 3-0 after Boedker scored his second goal of the game, his sixth of the season, at the 3:27 mark of the second period. Boedker was assisted by Keith Yandle.
“When he (Boedker) has the puck he can be a very dangerous player,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “He just has to have it more.”
Raffi Torres increased the Coyotes lead to 4-0 as he scored his fifth goal of the season with 7:27 left in the second period. Torres' goal was assisted by Doan.
With 2:23 left in the second period Kings center Mike Richards took away the Coyotes chance for a shutout as he scored his seventh goal of the season.
After two periods the Coyotes were in command with a 4-1 advantage. Under head coach Dave Tippett the Coyotes are 71-2-3 when they score four or more goals in a game.
Less than five minutes into the third period Kings forward Dustin Brown scored his ninth goal of the season to make it a 4-2 contest. But the Kings' hope for a late rally and a comeback win were squelched when Rob Klinkhammer scored his second goal of the season with 9:05 left in the third period and put the Coyotes ahead 5-2.
With the win the Coyotes improved to 13-10-3 (29 pts) and are currently tied for sixth in the Western Conference.
The Coyotes head to the Gateway of the West to take on the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, March 14. The puck is scheduled to drop at 6 p.m. (PT) at the Scotttrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
“This trip is going be a great test,” Doan said. “To take it on the road. St. Louis kind of gave it to us last time they were here and we owe them a little bit.”