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Kings Can't Face Off Against Coyotes

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Two faceoff losses by the Kings allowed the game to be tied 2-2 late in regulation as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Kings 3-2 in the shootout.

Neither team was sharp from the starting horn with the Kings having to go on the penalty kill three times within the first 14 minutes of the game. Fortunately the Coyotes could only muster two shots on goal in their power play and really didn’t have a scoring opportunity in those six minutes.

“When we are focused on penalty killing, it takes a lot of guys out of the line up,” head coach Terry Murray said. “It was hard to get going.”

But fortunately for the Kings the Coyotes ranked 28th in the NHL on the power play could only muster three shots on goal in six power play opportunities the entire game.

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The Kings got on the scoreboard first with one of the greatest goals scored this season for the Kings. Drew Doughty sped from the Kings zone, got the puck in the neutral zone, split two defenders and backhanded the puck past Coyotes’ goalie and former King Jason LaBarbera 7:48 in the second period.

“I knew that I had those [defensemen] there pretty far apart,” Doughty said. “I knew that if I kept up my speed that I could do a little trick play to get over his stick. Once I did that it was just beating Barbs.

“When I got that puck I didn’t know what I was going to do. It was kind of a panic move, and it went in the net. It worked out well.”