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Smith Makes 41 Stops to Lead Coyotes Past Kings

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 11:30 PM

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

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Smith Makes 41 Stops to Lead Coyotes Past Kings
Los Angeles Kings 1, Phoenix Coyotes 3
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
SA: 42TOI: 59:57
GA: 1EV: 34-34
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .976SH: 1-1
Kyle Chipchura
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 5
+/-: 2TOI: 12:25

GLENDALE - 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 two 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 Head 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," Tippett 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 Head 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."

Coyotes forward Jordan Szwarz played 8:16, took two shots on goal and delivered two hits in his NHL debut.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
18:19
PHX
Derek Morris (3) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (1), Andy Miele (1)
1 - 0 PHX
19:54
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (3) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7), Keith Yandle (8)
2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
05:38
PHX
Kyle Chipchura (2) ASST: David Moss (4), Andy Miele (2)
3 - 0 PHX
16:39
LAK
PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
03:08
PHX
Derek Morris  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
06:04
LAK
Mike Richards  Hooking against  Radim Vrbata
09:03
LAK
Drew Doughty  Slashing against  Paul Bissonnette
09:03
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Diving against  Drew Doughty
11:46
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
15:23
LAK
Justin Williams  Roughing against  Rob Klinkhammer
15:23
PHX
Rob Klinkhammer  Roughing against  Justin Williams
15:23
PHX
Rob Klinkhammer  Hi-sticking against  Drew Doughty
15:51
LAK
Jake Muzzin  Tripping against  David Moss
15:53
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
2nd Period
03:48
LAK
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting against  Kyle Chipchura
03:48
PHX
Kyle Chipchura  Fighting against  Daniel Carcillo
18:50
LAK
Justin Williams  Roughing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
3rd Period
14:50
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Boarding against  Justin Williams
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
1-1-0
SA: 33TOI: 59:42
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Mike Smith
SA: 42TOI: 59:57
Saves: 41EV: 34 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .976SH: 1 - 1
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