It worked once, it works again. Kings beat Coyotes
A little bit déjà vu, a little bit Groundhog Day, the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on Tuesday had a distinctly familiar feel. And with good reason: Until the final minutes, it resembled the 4-0 rout the Kings had inflicted Monday against the hard-working but offensively inept Coyotes on the same ice. A few key details changed Tuesday as the Kings won their third straight game and 12th in the last 16 while improving to 12-2-1 at home. The physicality picked up and erupted in several scrums. And goaltender Jonathan Bernier was on a path to duplicate the shutout that teammate Jonathan Quick had pulled off Monday, but Bernier yielded a goal to Shane Doan on a deflection at 11:28 of the third period, while the teams were skating four-on-four. That goal ended the Coyotes' franchise-record shutout streak at 245 minutes and 33 seconds. During the second period they broke the previous mark of 226:21, set from Feb. 25, 1998-March 2, 1998. Doan scored again, with 41 seconds left. Bernier made a career-high 40 saves and was supported by a balanced offense as the Kings got one goal in each period. Dustin Penner scored in the first period, Drew Doughty scored his first goal this season in the second period, and Jarret Stoll connected during a power play in the third. "When you play back to back like that it brings energy and tension between the two teams," Bernier said. "We fought hard and we came up with four big points for us."
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