With three minutes left in Arizona, it seemed like the Kings were on the way to their eighth loss in nine games, but Alex Iafallo had different ideas. The Kings first line left winger looked every bit the part scoring with 2:54 remaining in the third and then rattling home the game winner just 24 seconds into overtime. The overtime winner was Iafallo’s first hat trick in his 209 NHL-game career as the Kings outlasted the Coyotes in a 3-2 win at Gila River Arena on Thursday.
The Kings, who were 0-4-1 in the previous five games, were backed by the strong play of Jack Campbell who made 26 saves. Adin Hill made 33 saves for the Coyotes. The Kings improved to 19-28-5, while the Coyotes dropped to 26-21-6 and remain in the first wild card spot.
Stars of the Game—Iaffalo (1st), Jack Campbell (2nd), Schmaltz (3rd)… Alex Iafallo had 14 points (5G, 9A) through his first 34 games… In his last 18 games he tallied 17 points (9G, 8A)… prior to tonight, Adin Hill was 2-0-0, 1.92 GAA, and a .936 save percentage in his career against the Kings... Brad Richardson (lower-body), Barrett Hayton (upper-body) and Darcy Kuemper (lower-body) are all on I.R. for Arizona... The Coyotes are 2-5-3 on the second half of back-to-back sets, losing seven straight (0-5-2)… They are 1-5-2 in their last eight games… Drew Doughty missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury...His 460 consecutive regular season games played streak was snapped on Wednesday… Scratches: Matt Luff, Kurtis MacDermid (Kings) and Jordan Oesterle, Darcy Kuemper (Coyotes)...
Up Next: The Kings host the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Saturday at 7:30 PM.
Kings 1. Coyotes 0.
08:37 first period, Alex Iafallo (12) from Ben Hutton (6) and Dustin Brown (14)
Coffee is for Closers
Austin Wagner gets no java...ever.
Kings 1. Coyotes 1.
11:22 second period, Nick Schmaltz (8) from Jason Demers (1) and Carl Söderberg (15)
OEL Hurt; Does Not Return
Coyotes 2. Kings 1.
19:04 second period, Christian Dvorak (8) from Taylor Hall (28) and Conor Garland (13)
Hmmm, maybe he’s on to something...
Kings 2. Coyotes 2.
17:06 third period, power play goal, Alex Iafallo (13) from Adrian Kempe (6) and Anze Kopitar (28)
Kings 3. Coyotes 2.
00:24 overtime, power play goal, Alex Iafallo (14) from Anze Kopitar (29) and Sean Walker (16)
“His game speaks for itself. He was all over the puck, he was sharp when he shot it… We’re real excited for him”— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 31, 2020
Coach Todd McLellan reflects on Alex Iafallo’s role in tonight’s win@LAKings | #LAKingsLive pic.twitter.com/bYV9XPtpxX
The Bottom Five
“It’s really all about LA unity” @LAKings and @Lakers fans reflect on the devastating loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna @Patrick_ONeal | @DarylEvans15 | #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/HeeiU8ScM6— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 31, 2020
A moment of silence is held at Gila River Arena as fans remember the lives of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and the seven others lost in Sunday's tragic helicopter crash@LAKings | @ArizonaCoyotes | #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/JB3SpNm2a1— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 31, 2020
“You didn’t have to know Kobe personally to feel like you knew him… For so many in LA, all you had to do was just go to Staples Center to see the impact that one man could have on an entire city”@alex_faust | @JimFox19 | @LAKings | #GoKingsGo | #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/XFeK4bsVQq— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 31, 2020