Late Goal Takes Down Kings

Alex Kinkopf  - | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

LOS ANGELES – Three unanswered goals gave the Kings life, the third period saw it dissipate.

Scoring chances were coming at an alarming rate for the Kings in the opening minutes of tonight’s scrap with the Coyotes, as they began the evening’s opening minutes outshooting Phoenix 7-1, only to be held without an early goal due to Mike Smith’s phenomenal opening act.

After the Kings’ early pressure, which saw them come frustratingly close to finding the scoreboard first, Phoenix was the first club to find the net tonight.

Rob Klinkhammer put the Coyotes on the board 6:33 into the game, banging home a rebound past Jonathan Quick to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead.

The Coyotes would double-up almost immediately after.

Just 1:03 after Klinkhammer’s opening tally, Mikkel Boedker gave the Coyotes an early 2-0 lead with a power play goal, sending home a backhand shot past Jonathan Quick on a poorly played Kings penalty kill.

Tanner Pearson would chip away at Phoenix’s lead, receiving a pass from Jarret Stoll, and beating Mike Smith high and to the right corner for his 2nd goal of the season to cut the Coyotes’ lead to 2-1 with 2:58 to play in the first period.

The momentum from Pearson’s goal would be carried into the second period, where the Kings outshot the Coyotes 15-3, adding two more goals in the middle frame to recapture the lead.

Alec Martinez scored the game-tying goal by turning nothing into something. After Jeff Carter lost control of the puck behind Phoenix’s net, Martinez pounced on the loose puck, and in one motion, fired a quick snap shot through traffic and past Mike Smith, bouncing out of the net just as fast as it went in.

It was Martinez’s eighth goal of the season, and his fourth in the last eight games.

The Kings would grab their first lead of the night on the power play, in the final minutes of the second period. Marian Gaborik wristed home his 2nd goal in a Kings uniform, receiving a pass from Anze Kopitar atop the slot, and beating Mike Smith to give the Kings a 3-2 lead with 1:41 to play in the second period.

Coming into tonight, the Kings were 21-0-0 when entering the third period with a lead.

That perfection, though, was tested by Phoenix tonight.

The Coyotes, playing their best hockey of the night in the third period, responded to tie the game after the Kings buried three unanswered goals. Keith Yandle fired a slap shot from the blue-line that handcuffed Quick, snuck between his arms and into the net.

Quick looked to make what would be a miraculous, game-changing save late in the game on Jeff Halpern, but after play was stopped, video review confirmed that Halpern’s shot, which looked to be just another glamorous save from Quick in real time, actually crossed the goal line.

Halpern, who played for the Kings in the late stages of the 2010-2011 season, gave Phoenix a 4-3 lead with 3:05 remaining in regulation.

This was the first time the Kings lost a game this season when leading after three periods.

The Kings’ record sits at a mark of 38-25-6, which is good for 82 points, and continues to situate them at sixth-place in the Western Conference. The Coyotes only trail the Kings by five points for the Pacific Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot.

The Kings will return home Thursday evening when Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals pay a visit to STAPLES Center. The puck is slated to drop at 7:30PM PT.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:33PHX Rob Klinkhammer (11) ASST: Radim Vrbata (28), Martin Hanzal (23) 1 - 0 PHX
07:36PHX PPG - Mikkel Boedker (17) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (26), Keith Yandle (41) 2 - 0 PHX
17:02LAK Tanner Pearson (2) ASST: Jarret Stoll (15), Tyler Toffoli (14) 2 - 1 PHX
2nd Period
06:50LAK Alec Martinez (8) ASST: Jeff Carter (20) 2 - 2 Tie
18:19LAK PPG - Marian Gaborik (8) ASST: Anze Kopitar (36), Slava Voynov (24) 3 - 2 LAK
3rd Period
09:44PHX Keith Yandle (8) ASST: NONE 3 - 3 Tie
16:55PHX Jeff Halpern (4) ASST: Shane Doan (21), Kyle Chipchura (11) 4 - 3 PHX
Three Stars of the Game
Jeff Halpern
Jeff Halpern
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 12:41
Alec Martinez
Alec Martinez
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:57
Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 23:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:44PHX Mike Ribeiro  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
06:44LAK Drew Doughty  Cross checking against  Brandon McMillan
08:05LAK Justin Williams  Hooking against  Jeff Halpern
2nd Period
09:53PHX Keith Yandle  Interference against  Mike Richards
17:16PHX Michael Stone  Holding against  Anze Kopitar
3rd Period
00:43LAK Justin Williams  Tripping against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
05:15LAK Kyle Clifford  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
07:21PHX David Moss  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/4
Faceoff Wins3237
Blocked Shots138
Penalty Minutes88
3K. YandleD1126223:09
4Z. MichalekD0010022:38
11M. HanzalC0111017:04
14J. HalpernC1001012:41
17R. VrbataR0115016:19
18D. MossR00-12210:49
19S. DoanR0113016:55
20C. SummersD00-11016:46
24K. ChipchuraC010009:39
26M. StoneD00-10214:44
28L. KorpikoskiL0000017:15
36R. KlinkhammerL1012012:04
38B. McMillanL0001010:03
50A. VermetteC0000020:51
53D. MorrisD0010016:35
63M. RibeiroC0001212:49
89M. BoedkerL1002016:14
41M. Smith3639.92360:00
2M. GreeneD0010014:18
8D. DoughtyD00-12226:53
10M. RichardsC0003015:21
11A. KopitarC01-15018:38
12M. GaborikR10-13015:35
13K. CliffordL00-1129:53
14J. WilliamsR00-13413:04
22T. LewisC0003014:46
26S. VoynovD01-14024:55
27A. MartinezD1014017:57
28J. StollC0100015:00
33W. MitchellD00-10019:18
44R. RegehrD00-10016:39
70T. PearsonL1002014:15
71J. NolanC0002010:10
73T. ToffoliC0113014:29
74D. KingL0000014:34
77J. CarterC0104018:28
32J. Quick2327.85258:55