Kings visit Coyotes, look to extend winning streak to 5 games

Kings visit Coyotes, look to extend winning streak to 5 games

The Los Angeles Kings will look to win their fifth straight game when they face the Arizona Coyotes on Friday in Tempe, Ariz.The Kings wrapped up a three-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday as Adrian Kempe scored with 1:38 left in overtime by finishing off a two-on-one break with Viktor Arvidsson.”I think that was a well-played game by both teams,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “That was tight checking, not a lot of space. The odd breakdown, but the goaltenders played well, special teams were dangerous on the power play, but the penalty kills played pretty good.”Felt like a playoff game, that’s what it felt like.”Following a tight-checking first two periods with little scoring, the Kings and Flames combined for four third-period goals.Blake Lizotte and Phillip Danault scored just 10 seconds apart early in the third to give the Kings a 3-1 lead.”His tenacity is hard to handle,” McLellan said of Lizotte. “The size advantage doesn’t always go to the bigger guy when you’ve got a little rat, I guess, for the lack of a better term, buzzing around all the time in your equipment and stripping pucks. He was a really effective player tonight.”But the Flames didn’t surrender. Tyler Toffoli and Dillon Dube scored consecutive goals, with Dube tying the game with 6:28 remaining.Kings backup goalie Pheonix Copley (6-1-0) made 27 saves to post his fourth-straight victory and forward Gabriel Vilardi snapped a 10-game goal scoring drought with his team-leading 14th goal.The Kings are hoping to get forward Brendan Lemieux back on the ice soon. He has missed the past 19 games with a lower-body injury, but he was activated from injured reserve on Thursday.This is the first game of a three-game homestand for the struggling Coyotes, who have won just three games this month.


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