Kings rout Coyotes to end 3-game skid
Brian Boyle and Alexander Frolov each had two goals, Justin Williams added a goal and two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Drew Doughty added two assists to help the Kings snap a three-game losing streak with their second victory in their last eight games (2-5-1). Shane Doan scored for Phoenix, which had won three in a row.
Williams earned his first points in eight games since being acquired by Los Angeles in a three-way deal with Edmonton and Carolina on March 4.
Rookie goalie Al Montoya made his third consecutive start for the Coyotes and suffered his first NHL loss. He shut out Colorado 3-0 on Wednesday night and beat the Kings 2-1 in Arizona on Thursday night before yielding a half-dozen goals Saturday.
Boyle skated low to the net and shuffled a backhander past Montoya 7 minutes after the opening faceoff. The 6-foot-7, 252-pound rookie swatted in a loose puck near the edge of the crease for his second goal just under 8 minutes later. Boyle has three goals in four games since being recalled from Manchester of the AHL on March 27.
Doan tracked down a puck in the high slot a spun back to whisk a wrist shot past Quick drawing Phoenix to 2-1 2:48 into the second period.
Quick had to make a left pad save on a breakaway attempt by Matthew Lombardi to maintain the lead before Frolov swiped in a pass from Williams to make it 3-1.
Frolov, who leads the Kings with 30 goals, returned to the Kings after missing five games because of a lower-body injury.
William's also assisted on Kopitar's third-period goal before blasting a 45-foot slap shot past Montoya during a 5-on-3 power play for his first goal in with Los Angeles.
The five Kings players who have had their numbers retired - Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille - appeared on the ice together for the first time ever Saturday as the team paid tribute to Lou McClary, the team's director of security in a pregame ceremony. The 82-year-old McClary, a former Los Angeles police detective, is retiring at the end of the season. He has been with the Kings for 42 years, since the team's inception in 1967. ... Phoenix won the season series 4-2.