It’s often said that hockey is the fastest sport, and the Los Angeles Kings proved just that, by gaining a 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, in an action packed game, which happened to also be Hockey Fights Cancer night at STAPLES Center on Thursday.
The game was one to remember, keeping you at the edge of your seat, trying to keep up with the fast changes. From the Kings 4-0 lead, to the Coyotes getting five penalties and the Kings getting 4, to the Coyotes changing their goaltender, the Kings scoring 7 goals total and Dwight King getting his first career hatrick.
During the first period the Kings outshot the Coyotes 11-5, and ended the period with a 4-0 lead dominating the Coyotes.
The first goal came from Anze Kopitar, a power play goal, assisted by Justin Williams and Dustin Brown. The second goal came from Dwight King, with a snap shot assisted by Anze Kopitar. The third goal came from Jordan Nolan, with a wrist shot, assisted by Colin Fraser and Dustin Brown. The fourth goal ending the period, was a tip in by Dwight Kings, his second of the night, assisted by Robyn Regehr and Justin Williams.
During the second period, the shots on goal were even at 12-12 but the Kings got no goals and the Coyotes fired back with two.
In the begging of the third period the Coyotes fired back with two more making the score a tie at 4-4. The shots on goal for the period were tied once more 11-11.
At 4:19, Mike Richards with a shorthanded unassisted goal, put the Kings in the lead again, 5-4. At 12:11 Matt Frattin tipped in a shot from Drew Doughty, giving Doughty and Jeff Carter the assists. At 19:38, at the end of the third period, Coyotes pulled their goaltender leaving the net empty. The Coyotes were attacking the Kings net, but goaltender Jonathan Quick did not fail to impress with his skills, having 24 saves total during the game. Finally, Kopitar got his stick on the puck, looked right and left to find Dwight King, and passed it to him. Dwight King got the empty net goal, and his first career hat trick to end the night.
The next Kings game is on Sunday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. against the Edmonton Oilers at STAPLES Center. Be sure to arrive early to get your Jay Wells bobble head and participate in honoring him in the seasons first of three Legends Night.
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