Daily News Drew Doughty, Kings erase early 3-goal deficit to beat Coyotes


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Jul 28, 2004
By JACK MAGRUDER The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Kings survived an abysmal start with a strong finish in the desert.

Drew Doughty scored his second goal of the game with 1:59 remaining and the Kings rallied from three goals down and beat the Arizona Coyotes, 5-4, on Friday night.

Mikey Anderson, Quinton Byfield and Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who got three goals in the third period to complete a comeback from a 4-1 deficit. Pheonix Copley was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots, and Cam Talbot finished with 16 saves.

Coyotes forward Matias Maccelli scored 37 seconds into the game, and J.J. Moser, Jack McBain and Sean Durzi scored in a 69-second span later in the first for the three-goal lead, but the Kings controlled play the rest of the way and finally caught up in the third period. Karol Vejmelka had 34 saves.

Doughty’s power-play goal with 3:49 left in the second made it 4-2.

Byfield scored at 1:50 of the third period to pull the Kings within one – just three seconds after a power play expired – and Kopitar tied it at 4-all on a wrist shot from the right circle through a screen at 6:54.

Doughty’s slap shot from above the right circle capped the scoring to put the Kings ahead.

The Kings have scored at least four goals in five of their last six games, including a 6-3 victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday at Crypto.com Arena. The Coyotes came into Friday’s game as one of eight NHL teams that had yet to lose at home this season.

The Kings outshot the Coyotes 39-23, and the Coyotes went almost 16 minutes without a shot on goal after Durzi’s goal made it 4-1 at 8:55 of the first period. The Coyotes did not have another shot until Nick Schmaltz’s shot on a power play five minutes into the second.

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Maccelli scored on a wrist shot from the right circle 37 seconds into the game and Anderson snapped a wrist shot past Vejmelka at 5:56 of the fast-paced first period before the Coyotes spurted to their 4-1 lead.

Moser controlled a puck on the right side of the net after Schmaltz’s shot bounced off the top of the goal and pushed it past Copley at 7:46. McBain scored 35 seconds later when he skated in front of the net and redirected a shot from Liam O’Brien.

Durzi made it 4-1 when he gathered the puck at the red line, spun past defenseman Doughty at the left circle and put a wrist shot past Talbot – the first he faced – at 8:55 for the Coyotes’ third goal in 69 seconds.


The Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

More to come on this story.

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