LOS ANGELES -- A little bit deja vu, a little bit Groundhog Day, the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on Tuesday had a familiar feel.
And with good reason: For most of the game it had many similarities to the 4-0 rout the Kings had inflicted on Monday against the hard-working but offensively inept Coyotes on the same ice, a scheduling quirk in this lockout-shortened season.
A few key details changed on Tuesday for the Kings as they won their third straight game and improved to 12-2-1 at home.
Jonathan Bernier was on a path to duplicate the shutout that teammate Jonathan Quick had pulled off on 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 42 seconds left to make the score more respectable than the game generally had been.
Bernier made 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 in the second, and Jarret Stoll connected during a power play in the third.
Penner had been moved over from the left wing to the right side and was bumped down to the fourth line on Monday, where he played a season-low 9:13 to accommodate the arrival of rookie winger Tyler Toffoli. But he ended an 11-game goal famine and scored only his second this season thanks to fine work by Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
Kopitar backhanded the puck deep into the Coyotes' zone and Williams corralled it behind the net. Penner headed for the slot, using his big frame to establish position, and was in place at 14:38 to finish off the backhand pass that Williams had slid in front.
Another formerly prolific scorer whose goals had become rare extended the Kings' lead to 2-0 at 6:38 of the second period.
Doughty, who has been playing a more defense-oriented role this season but has also had bad luck scoring, finally got his first goal of the season on a blast from the left circle. His blistering shot threaded its way through a forest of bodies and past Mike Smith, triggering a roar from the crowd and a wide grin from Doughty, who was seen asking teammates, "Did I score that?" Apparently he did, and Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards earned the assists.
Tempers flared late in the second period, after Coyotes captain Doan crunched Kings defenseman Slava Voynov into the boards behind the Kings' net. Kings center Jarret Stoll repaid the favor with a bruising hit on Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Doan and Jake Muzzin tangled late in the period, hitting knees and triggering a scrum. No penalties resulted from it, though Stoll was sent off at 18:59 for slashing.
Doan, hardly a favorite of Kings fans, spent much of the third period trying to start a fight with Muzzin and other Coyotes took shots at Muzzin at every turn.
Stoll completed the scoring with the man advantage after Richards faked a shot, froze the Phoenix defense, and then set up Stoll in the left circle at 13:46.
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