The Los Angeles Kings got their top line going and their first win of the season.
Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark Los Angeles' No. 1 line and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Saturday night.
"Kopi was good, goal scorers scored," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "It was the difference in the game, right?
Scoreless through the season's first three games, the Kings' line of Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams had an extra jump against the Coyotes, combining for four points. Kopitar scored both of his goals in the second period, with Brown and Williams getting an assist on each.
Jake Muzzin scored his first NHL goal and had an assist and Jeff Carter also scored for Los Angeles. The Kings had eight players with at least a point and matched their season total for goals to avoid their first four-game winless start since 1997-98.
"Every time you're on the road, you need a team game," Kopitar said. "I know everybody's saying that, but that's just how it is. You need to roll four lines."
The Coyotes need some defence.
Phoenix won the Pacific Division title last season behind a tight-checking style and opportunistic goals. The Coyotes are scoring more this season, but have had too many defensive breakdowns and been too loose with the puck in their own end to start the season with four losses in five games.
Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who have allowed 20 goals in five games.
"When there is a mistake you've got to clean up for each other," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "Right now, there's not mu
Kopitar Nets Two, Kings Down Coyotes for First Win
TSN.ca | Jan 27