After losing to Anaheim on Tuesday night in a game in which the Coyotes out played the Ducks for most of the game, the Desert Dogs got a big 6-3 victory over their division rival Los Angeles Kings.
The scoring in the game happen early and often. There were seven goals scored within about a 10 minute stretch in the first period. Shane Doan got the scoring under way five minutes into the first 20 minutes. The two teams would then go back and forth to even things up at two before Scottie Upshall and rookie Brett Maclean, who was called up from San Antonio before the game, scored two consecutive goals to give the Yotes a two-goal advantage. Marco Sturm would close out the scoring in the period for the Kings to cut the Phoenix deficit to one.
Scoring between the two teams really died down after that with the Coyotes scoring only two goals during the second period. Doan got another goal six minutes into the period and Kyle Turris shot one right pass Jonathan Quick for his sixth of the season. The goal chased Quick from the game for the first time this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov got off to bit of a shaky start. He allowed those three goals in the first, but didn’t allow any real serious scoring chances after that. With being out for five games, Bryz was rocky at times during these past two games at home, but it looked like he turned the corner during the final 40 minutes of last night’s game.
The only disappointing thing to come from this one was Doan’s near first hat trick of his career. One of Doan’s shots late in the third period rang off the goal post. The same thing happen to the Coyotes captain just a few weeks back. The gods have to shine on Doaner eventually right?
This was certainly a big win for Phoenix. They outplayed the Ducks on Tuesday, but just ran into Jonas Hiller who was having an unreal night. To score six goals against a goalie that is good as Quick is certainly impressive. After their brief two games at home, the Coyotes now head back on the road to celebrate the new year.