|PHX||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|LAK||2||0||2||(0 - 0)||4|
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com Correspondent
LOS ANGELES – Willie Mitchell and Dustin Brown scored third-period goals as the Los Angeles Kings beat the injury-depleted Coyotes at the Staples Center on Monday night.
The Kings (17-14-5) snapped a 14-game streak in which it did not scored more than two goals in regulation, a slump that dated to before Thanksgiving.
The NHL's lowest-scoring team saw unlikely scorers Mitchell, Rob Scuderi and Brad Richardson contribute, and the Kings moved to 2-0-1 under new coach Darryl Sutter.
Mitchell scored on a shot from the right side fewer than two minutes into the third (see KEY MOMENT below), and Brown had his shot trickle between the pads of Jason LaBarbera at 7:06.
The Coyotes (18-15-3), who took an 11-6-1 road record into Monday's game, got two goals from Raffi Torres and showed resiliency but opened a post-Christmas road stretch with a loss.
Phoenix goalie Mike Smith missed a third straight game because of a lower-body injury, and the Coyotes literally had to patch a big hole in their lineup because centers Martin Hanzal and Boyd Gordon sat out with upper- and lower-body injuries, respectively.
But Phoenix held its own with help from Torres and newly-recalled Patrick O'Sullivan.
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Torres collected took a long stretch pass from O’Sullivan and scored a breakaway goal to tie the score at 2 midway through the second, a sloppy period by L.A. in which it was charged with nine giveaways.
The Kings started strong and took a 2-1 lead on simple, hard work by their forwards. Richardson brought the puck across the blue line for an extended period in the Phoenix zone and then went in front of the net to tip Slava Voynov's waist-high slap shot from the right side at 13:48.
Scuderi scored with a slap shot from the right point at 4:09. Anze Kopitar started the whole sequence when he won a puck battle to keep it in the Coyotes' zone.
Phoenix responded to Scuderi's goal with a terrific play by Torres, who grabbed a loose puck in the Phoenix end, skated down and flung the puck over Jonathan Quick's shoulder with Jack Johnson on his back.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Rob Scuderi (1) ASST: Drew Doughty (12), Anze Kopitar (23)|
1 - 0 LAK
|Raffi Torres (5) ASST: NONE|
1 - 1 Tie
|Brad Richardson (2) ASST: Slava Voynov (4), Anze Kopitar (24)|
2 - 1 LAK
|Raffi Torres (6) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (2), David Schlemko (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Willie Mitchell (2) ASST: Dustin Penner (6), Justin Williams (16)|
3 - 2 LAK
|Dustin Brown (9) ASST: Jack Johnson (8)|
4 - 2 LAK
|Daymond Langkow (5) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (7), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (8)|
4 - 3 LAK
|Willie Mitchell Interference against Shane Doan|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson Interference against Jarret Stoll|
|Dustin Brown Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Raffi Torres Hooking against Mike Richards|
|Michal Rozsival Hooking against Anze Kopitar|
|SA: 29||TOI: 47:06|
|Saves: 25||EV: 22 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .862||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 6||TOI: 12:00|
|Saves: 6||EV: 4 - 4|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 26||EV: 24 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .897||SH: 2 - 2|