Kopitar scores twice, Kings rally for 5-3 win over Coyotes


Kopitar scores twice, Kings rally for 5-3 win over Coyotes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Trevor Moore, Carl Grundstrom and Kevin Fiala also tallied goals for the Kings, who had dropped five of six coming into the game, including a crazy 9-8 overtime defeat against Seattle on Tuesday.

Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots.

Los Angeles Kings right wing Arthur Kaliyev, center, shoots against Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Kopitar gave the Kings their first lead 5:22 into the third period on a 4-on-4 situation. Kopitar skated the puck into the zone, deked J.J. Moser and beat Karel Vejmelka far side for his fourth goal in the last four games.

Los Angeles had a pair of power-play goals, marking the first time since March of 2017 it has scored multiple times with the man advantage in three straight games.

Matias Maccelli had a goal and an assist for Arizona while Christian Fischer and Nick Bjugstad also scored. Patrik Nemeth had a pair of assists.

Vejmelka made 27 saves as Arizona dropped to 4-5-2 on its 14-game road trip.

The Coyotes had a 3-1 lead 8 minutes into the second period on goals by Maccelli and Bjugstad before the Kings rallied. Moore scored on the power play at 9:09 and Grundstrom evened it with 1:31 to go in the period with a snap shot from the faceoff circle that went between Vejmelka’s legs.


Fischer opened the scoring at 12:45 of the first period when he took advantage of Sean Durzi’s turnover in the Kings’ zone and scored on a breakaway for Arizona’s third short-handed goal of the season.

The Kings evened it 36 seconds later while still on the power play as Kopitar buried a slap shot from the right faceoff circle.


Coyotes: Arizona is tied with New Jersey for most short-handed goals on the road with three. …

Kings: Samuel Fagemo was called up for the first time this season and picked up his first NHL point with the first assist on Grundstrom’s goal. Fagemo, a second-round pick in 2019, played in four games last season. … Kevin Fiala had an assist on Kopitar’s goal for his 20th of the season. He reached that mark in his 26th game with the Kings, making him the fifth-fastest in franchise history to reach that.


Coyotes: Travel to Vancouver on Saturday.

Kings: Host Carolina on Saturday.


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