Kings move into playoff position with win vs. Coyotes

Curtis Zupke  - Correspondent | Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 2:18 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Andy Andreoff probably imagined his first NHL goal as a highlight-reel deke or a slap shot, but this will more than suffice.

Andreoff scored after he partially fanned on the shot, and he was able to laugh about it after it gave the Los Angeles Kings a 1-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center on Monday.

"I'll take one off the shin pad, off my butt," Andreoff said. "It doesn't matter, as long as it goes in."

Andreoff, who was placed back in the lineup last week because of an injury to center Jarret Stoll, got his first goal and point in his 15th game. Goalie Jonathan Quick made 25 saves and recorded his sixth shutout and 37th of his career.

The Kings (34-22-13) passed the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Andreoff completed a 2-on-1 with Jordan Nolan with 1:05 remaining in the second period. Nolan grabbed the puck on left wing after Coyotes defenseman John Moore fell and fed through it under Klas Dahlbeck to Andreoff, who had trouble collecting it before he was able to get a shot off.

Andreoff said it felt good to be rewarded after he was scratched in 29 of 34 games before Stoll's injury.

"Dream come true, you know?" Andreoff said. "Everyone's always wanted to get their first NHL goal. I've worked pretty hard to get where I am. I'm glad I got it."

Kings coach Darryl Sutter earlier alluded that he needed Andreoff to take advantage of the opportunity. He obliged at the right time.

"Not many players get a chance of playing in the National Hockey League or scoring a goal, so good for him," Sutter said. "Hopefully he's got lots of game-winners left in him."

The Coyotes (21-41-8) lost their seventh straight game on the road. They are 1-14-1 in their past 16 games and have scored three goals in their past five.

"We're getting some decent opportunities and hopefully some people can start scoring, myself included," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "People that are supposed to score aren't scoring and we don't have a lot of scoring. That's the situation we're in."

Goalie Mike Smith made 34 saves to keep the Coyotes in it against the defending Cup champions. Smith liked their 200-foot game, but a lack of bodies in front of the net was a consistent theme in Arizona's dressing room.

Smith was equally disappointed on the goal.

"I don't even think he meant to shoot it there," Smith said. "I think he fanned on it a little bit, but it gets through me and that's the only one they need, so it's obviously frustrating."

Arizona twice came close to scoring in the second when Mark Arcobello hit the post and Michael Stone missed the net when he skated in alone in the slot during a power play.

The Coyotes did not record a shot until nearly 10 minutes into the game and totaled six for the first period. They haven't won in regulation since Feb. 3.

The Kings face the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, and Sutter sounded like it was a good warm-up for their rival.

"I thought we worked hard," Sutter said. "We had good focus. It was tough scoring. We were playing a team that was a tough-checking team. I talked to our players about [Arizona] coming off a [six]-game homestand; every game that they played in those five games was 1-0 going into the third, so they can check. They've always been known for that and we had to be patient, but you had to have some balance in there."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
18:55LAK Andy Andreoff (1) ASST: Jordan Nolan (3), Brayden McNabb (22) 1 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Andy Andreoff
Andy Andreoff
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 10:39
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
SA: 25TOI: 59:54
GA: 0EV: 20-20
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Jake Muzzin
Jake Muzzin
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:48
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:04ARI Craig Cunningham  Hooking against  Jake Muzzin
2nd Period
03:25ARI Michael Stone  Holding the stick against  Nick Shore
13:18LAK Nick Shore  Tripping against  Lauri Korpikoski
19:53ARI Martin Erat  Roughing against  Andrej Sekera
3rd Period
06:37LAK Jordan Nolan  Hooking against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/3
Faceoff Wins2033
Blocked Shots1811
Penalty Minutes64
5C. MurphyD0000011:43
8T. RiederR00-13022:15
9S. GagnerC0000018:52
10M. EratR0001216:15
14J. VitaleC00-1009:17
17J. MooreD00-12022:49
18D. MossR0002013:59
19S. DoanR00-13023:15
20T. McGinnL000108:47
22C. CunninghamL000129:55
24K. ChipchuraC0001014:50
26M. StoneD0001223:45
28L. KorpikoskiL0001014:21
33B. GormleyD0003013:21
34K. DahlbeckD00-11020:44
36M. ArcobelloR0002015:25
44B. CrombeenR000008:28
41M. Smith3435.97158:39
2M. GreeneD0003016:20
3B. McNabbD0111018:10
6J. MuzzinD0000018:48
7A. SekeraD0014019:09
8D. DoughtyD0004027:31
11A. KopitarC0001019:20
12M. GaborikR0002018:09
13K. CliffordL0013011:14
14J. WilliamsR0001016:41
15A. AndreoffL1012010:39
22T. LewisC0002014:40
23D. BrownR0001017:28
37N. ShoreC0003212:58
44R. RegehrD0001019:55
71J. NolanC0110210:51
73T. ToffoliC0002013:45
74D. KingL0002013:17
77J. CarterC0003017:11
32J. Quick25251.00059:54