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Game 52 Recap: Alex Iafallo Does it All!

AI nets the opening goal, the tying goal, and the game winner...

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

135-Word Recap

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.

Game Notes

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.

Highlights

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.

River Robbery

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)

Final
Kings 3. Coyotes 2.
00:24 overtime, power play goal, Alex Iafallo (14) from Anze Kopitar (29) and Sean Walker (16)

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