The LA Kings, to a man, bounced back from this weekend’s games against Anaheim with a strong 3-2 victory in Arizona, to begin a two-game set this week in Glendale.
Despite a start to the game that tilted shot attempts in favor of the Kings, it was Arizona that opened the scoring late in the opening period. Lawson Crouse got to a puck in the right-hand corner and sent a no-look pass towards the crease to Christian Dvorak, who deked to his backhand and in for the goal.
The Kings answered right back, however, tying the game less than a minute later. Quinton Byfield won a faceoff in the offensive zone to Trevor Moore, who wristed his shot past Darcy Kuemper for the game-tying goal. Moore reached double digits in goals on the play, with his tenth tally of the season, but Byfield’s originally credited first-career NHL point was eventually changed to an unassisted goal.
The Coyotes also scored first in the second period through defenseman Jakob Chychrun on the man advantage, who wired home a wrist shot from the left-hand circle, off the post and in. The Kings flipped the script, however with two additional goals of their own, to take a one-goal lead into the second intermission.
First, Anze Kopitar tied the game at two, as he buried a 2-on-1 feed from Adrian Kempe. The Swede made the play by using his speed down the right wing, creating…