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Kings Outlast Coyotes in 1-0 Victory

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It was not a pretty game by any account unless you love a game filled with checks and blocks limiting scoring chances. For reference think of the Detroit Pistons-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals of 2005.

But the Kings players reveled in the challenge as Jarret Stoll’s power-play goal from deep down Figueroa at 12:13 in the third period was the lone score in the their 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes while tying a season low of 18 shots-on-goal.

“These games are fun to play,” head coach Terry Murray said. “They’re close checking. They’re tight. Every play is important, and we’re having fun.”

While Phoenix didn’t have as much fun for obvious reasons, their head coach Dave Tippett appreciated the effort on the ice.

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“We played a solid road game,” Tippett said. “I don’t think there was a ton of chances either way, but we gave ourselves a chance to win. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the one that we needed.”

The fans didn’t agree though with some yelling, “This game is boring,” and when a puck dribbled harmlessly into the Kings’ zone, “Shoot it Bernier!”