Kings can't find the net in Phoenix

Alex Kinkopf  - | Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 1:52 AM

GLENDALE, AZ – Same team, different story. The Kings weren’t the offensive juggernaut they were in their last meeting with Phoenix Thursday night. In fact, they were barely able to find the scoreboard, turning in their second straight game with only one goal to show for a heavy slew of shots.

Since their seven-goal outburst last Thursday night at STAPLES Center against Phoenix, the Kings have rattled off an astounding 90 shots in the two contests since, but have just a combined two goals to show for those efforts.

The Kings’ struggles to find the back of the net certainly didn’t help support backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, who made his second start of the season tonight. Scrivens stopped Phoenix’s first 25 shots and denied them on each of their first three power play opportunities before the Coyotes finally snuck one past him. Literally.

Because of Scrivens, the Kings were lucky to come out of the first period in a scoreless tie. Scrivens’ 17 first period saves gave the Kings a chance, but you can only hold on for so long when there’s no offensive production to lean on. The Kings tried, but Mike Smith was having a choice night for himself, making a total of 41 saves.

Tonight’s meeting was certainly more accurate when you think of a classic matchup between these two clubs; Physical, low-scoring, and stingy. Neither team was able to get on the board until the final two minutes of the second period, when the Coyotes delivered a major hamper to the Kings’ momentum push by scoring two goals just 1:35 apart of one another in the final 1:41 of the frame.

If one thing’s for sure, the Kings didn’t give up. They outshot the Coyotes 17-5 in the third period, but to no avail. Phoenix did a wonderful job of keeping the Kings to the outside and shutting down the middle of the ice. Shots are just shots if they’re not going in, or more importantly, creating secondary opportunity.

The Kings got off the scoring schneid with 3:21 remaining in the contest on a man-advantage opportunity, as Jarret Stoll handled a flubbing puck from the top of the zone and cannoned it past Mike Smith.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
18:19PHX Derek Morris (3) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (1), Andy Miele (1) 1 - 0 PHX
19:54PHX PPG - Shane Doan (3) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7), Keith Yandle (8) 2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
05:38PHX Kyle Chipchura (2) ASST: David Moss (4), Andy Miele (2) 3 - 0 PHX
16:39LAK PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 PHX
Three Stars of the Game
Andy Miele
Andy Miele
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 10:14
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
SA: 42TOI: 59:57
GA: 1EV: 34-34
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .976SH: 1-1
Kyle Chipchura
Kyle Chipchura
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 5
+/-: 2TOI: 12:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:08PHX Derek Morris  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
06:04LAK Mike Richards  Hooking against  Radim Vrbata
09:03LAK Drew Doughty  Slashing against  Paul Bissonnette
09:03PHX Paul Bissonnette  Diving against  Drew Doughty
11:46LAK Jarret Stoll  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
15:23LAK Justin Williams  Roughing against  Rob Klinkhammer
15:23PHX Rob Klinkhammer  Roughing against  Justin Williams
15:23PHX Rob Klinkhammer  Hi-sticking against  Drew Doughty
15:51LAK Jake Muzzin  Tripping against  David Moss
15:53LAK Jarret Stoll  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
2nd Period
03:48LAK Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Chipchura
03:48PHX Kyle Chipchura  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
18:50LAK Justin Williams  Roughing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
3rd Period
14:50PHX Zbynek Michalek  Boarding against  Justin Williams
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/5
Faceoff Wins4228
Blocked Shots1418
Penalty Minutes1915
2M. GreeneD0001019:37
6J. MuzzinD0004218:24
8D. DoughtyD00-17225:17
10M. RichardsC00-20212:16
11A. KopitarC0004019:29
13K. CliffordL0002013:04
14J. WilliamsR0003415:28
17D. CarcilloL0002510:03
21M. FrattinR00-22011:20
22T. LewisC0002014:47
23D. BrownR0003018:14
26S. VoynovD00-10015:37
28J. StollC1002416:00
33W. MitchellD0001022:25
44R. RegehrD00-21018:24
71J. NolanC0002010:39
74D. KingL0004015:05
77J. CarterC00-22013:05
54B. Scrivens3033.90959:42
3K. YandleD0120021:30
4Z. MichalekD0002220:32
6D. SchlemkoD0001014:17
12P. BissonnetteL000126:24
17R. VrbataR0007014:15
18D. MossR0122016:18
19S. DoanR1002021:46
21A. MieleC0221010:14
24K. ChipchuraC1121512:25
26M. StoneD0012016:24
29J. SzwarzR000208:16
34T. KennedyL000006:36
36R. KlinkhammerL0002417:13
50A. VermetteC0003022:29
53D. MorrisD1013219:59
63M. RibeiroC0000020:45
89M. BoedkerL0001016:43
41M. Smith4142.97659:57