LAK
46-28-8
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37-30-15

Smith Makes 41 Stops to Lead Coyotes Past Kings

Jerry Brown  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 2:30 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Five days after the Phoenix Coyotes gave up seven goals in a one-sided loss to the Los Angeles Kings in L.A., goalie Mike Smith knew it was important to answer with a better effort in Tuesday's rematch with their Pacific Division rivals.

Smith led the way, making 24 of his 41 saves in the first two periods to keep the game scoreless before Derek Morris and Shane Doan scored goals 1:25 apart late in the second period as the injury-plagued Coyotes beat the Kings 3-1 at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night.

Smith allowed four first-period goals in a 7-4 loss at Los Angeles on Oct. 24 and was pulled after 20 minutes. This time, he came within 3:21 of his first shutout of the season before Jarret Stoll hammered a dancing puck under his blocker for a power-play goal.

"When you get shellacked like we did in L.A., it was nice to play them again so soon to get it back," Smith said. "To respond the way we did was good to see. Our first period was exceptional and then they came at us pretty hard. But we held our own pretty well."

Kyle Chipchura had an assist and a spirited fight with former Coyotes forward Daniel Carcillo before capping his night by punching home a David Moss feed 5:38 into the third period to ice the win. The victory moved the Coyotes to 8-3-2, their best start since the 2000-01 season, and 5-0-1 on home ice. They ended a run of four straight Pacific Division games with three wins.

Playing without forwards Martin Hanzal, Lauri Korpikoski and Jeff Halpern and defenseman Rostislav Klesla, the Coyotes got a strong effort from the patchwork line of Chipchura, Moss (one assist), and 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele, who had two assists for the first points of his NHL career.

"It took me three years to get my first point up here," said Miele, who had played eight games without hitting the scoresheet, "so it's pretty exciting and it's great to be able to help keep the team rolling here."

Miele called his father in China after the game to give him the good news.

Chipchura was minus-7 coming into the game, but Phoenix coach Dave Tippett never lost faith in his veteran center.

"It seemed like lately every time he was stepping on the ice there was a minus and it wasn't his fault," Tippett said. "You knew he was chewing on that, but he cares so much and works so hard. I've been in that position before and it gets you down a little bit. He was looking to have an impact tonight and boy did he ever."

The Coyotes allowed 39 goals in their first 12 games and the Kings had plenty of chances, but Tippett felt Tuesday was a step forward for the defense. "There were lots of shots at the net, but I thought we just competed harder," he said. "We were harder in front of our net; we got an 'A' game from Smitty and some timely scoring. It was a good two points."

Smith was especially good in the second period, when the Kings made their bid to score first with wave after wave of pressure. He made big saves on Carcillo, Drew Doughty and Trevor Lewis before the Coyotes finally broke through.

Morris put a wrist shot into traffic that ping-ponged off Doughty and defense partner Robyn Regehr before skidding just out of the reach of goalie Ben Scrivens and into the net at 18:19. It was the third goal and eighth point of the season for the 35-year-old Morris, who had two goals and 22 points the last two seasons combined.

Justin Williams was penalized for roughing 31 seconds after Morris' goal, and the Coyotes doubled their lead when Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had a goal disallowed in the first period, put a shot into the slot that Doan deflected around Scrivens with 5.9 seconds to play. It was Doan's 100th career power-play goal and his 36th goal in 94 career games against the Kings.

"Our top players (Mike Richards, Jeff Cater and Matt Frattin) got scored on, didn't kill the penalty and took the penalty with less than a couple left in the second period," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "That usually results in a loss."

Scrivens, who had a 20-save shutout against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 13 in his only other start with the Kings, played well again, making 17 of his 30 saves in a feisty first period that had a little bit of everything except a goal.

The teams combined for 26 shots, 10 penalties, six power plays and one disallowed goal, which came when Ekman-Larsson's bomb from the point was waved off because teammate Antoine Vermette was called for pushing Doughty into Scrivens.

"I felt I played well in the first and I tried to keep the boys in it through a couple of tough penalty kills," Scrivens said. "But overall this League is about winning. They did a good job of getting guys in front."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
18:19PHX Derek Morris (3) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (1), Andy Miele (1) 1 - 0 PHX
19:54PHX PPG - Shane Doan (3) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7), Keith Yandle (8) 2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
05:38PHX Kyle Chipchura (2) ASST: David Moss (4), Andy Miele (2) 3 - 0 PHX
16:39LAK PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 PHX
Three Stars of the Game
Andy Miele
1st
Andy Miele
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 10:14
Mike Smith
2nd
Mike Smith
G
SA: 42TOI: 59:57
GA: 1EV: 34-34
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .976SH: 1-1
Kyle Chipchura
3rd
Kyle Chipchura
C
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 5
+/-: 2TOI: 12:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:08PHX Derek Morris  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
06:04LAK Mike Richards  Hooking against  Radim Vrbata
09:03LAK Drew Doughty  Slashing against  Paul Bissonnette
09:03PHX Paul Bissonnette  Diving against  Drew Doughty
11:46LAK Jarret Stoll  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
15:23LAK Justin Williams  Roughing against  Rob Klinkhammer
15:23PHX Rob Klinkhammer  Roughing against  Justin Williams
15:23PHX Rob Klinkhammer  Hi-sticking against  Drew Doughty
15:51LAK Jake Muzzin  Tripping against  David Moss
15:53LAK Jarret Stoll  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
2nd Period
03:48LAK Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Chipchura
03:48PHX Kyle Chipchura  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
18:50LAK Justin Williams  Roughing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
3rd Period
14:50PHX Zbynek Michalek  Boarding against  Justin Williams
shots by period
PeriodLAKPHX
1st917
2nd1510
3rd186
Total4233
Team Stats
CategoryLAKPHX
Power Plays1/31/5
Hits3138
Faceoff Wins4228
Giveaways04
Takeaways28
Blocked Shots1418
Penalty Minutes1915
  • LOS ANGELES
  • PHOENIX
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2M. GreeneD0001019:37
6J. MuzzinD0004218:24
8D. DoughtyD00-17225:17
10M. RichardsC00-20212:16
11A. KopitarC0004019:29
13K. CliffordL0002013:04
14J. WilliamsR0003415:28
17D. CarcilloL0002510:03
21M. FrattinR00-22011:20
22T. LewisC0002014:47
23D. BrownR0003018:14
26S. VoynovD00-10015:37
28J. StollC1002416:00
33W. MitchellD0001022:25
44R. RegehrD00-21018:24
71J. NolanC0002010:39
74D. KingL0004015:05
77J. CarterC00-22013:05
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
54B. Scrivens3033.90959:42
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3K. YandleD0120021:30
4Z. MichalekD0002220:32
6D. SchlemkoD0001014:17
12P. BissonnetteL000126:24
17R. VrbataR0007014:15
18D. MossR0122016:18
19S. DoanR1002021:46
21A. MieleC0221010:14
23Ekman-LarssonD0102026:08
24K. ChipchuraC1121512:25
26M. StoneD0012016:24
29J. SzwarzR000208:16
34T. KennedyL000006:36
36R. KlinkhammerC0002417:13
50A. VermetteC0003022:29
53D. MorrisD1013219:59
63M. RibeiroC0000020:45
89M. BoedkerL0001016:43
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41M. Smith4142.97659:57