Los Angeles at Phoenix

Kings 6, Coyotes 5 (SO)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was only fitting that the goalfest between the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes would end in a shootout.

After 10 goals were scored in regulation, Patrick O'Sullivan, the fourth Kings shooter, scored in the shootout to give Los Angeles a 6-5 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

Mikael Tellqvist stopped Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Michael Cammalleri, before O'Sullivan settled things with a winning wrist shot.

"That's the same shot I've used since I was 10 years old," O'Sullivan said. "Most of us are pretty good on breakaways and you just try and go with your best shot."

Kings coach Marc Crawford knew the capabilities of his players and planned his shootout strategy.

"Our guys are solid stickhandlers and I planned to use O'Sullivan and Cammalleri as the second and third shooters," Crawford said. "Instead, I held O'Sullivan back, and that worked."

Erik Ersberg stopped Phoenix shooters Keith Ballard, Peter Mueller, Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan in to preserve the victory.

The Coyotes forced overtime with their fourth power-play goal of the game. Defenseman Ballard fired in a wrist shot with 24 seconds left in regulation after Tellqvist was pulled for an extra skater, and the Kings' Matt Ellis was serving a hooking penalty.

Phoenix, which had won six straight against the Kings this season, is six points out of a playoff spot with seven games left. It was the Coyotes' 19th loss at home. Only Los Angeles has a worse home mark.

"That was a huge point we let get away," Doan said. "Right now, we have to find a way to get ready to go for the next game."

That will be Saturday night at home against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings scored two goals 1:17 apart in the second period. Brown had a short-handed tally, followed by Raitis Ivanans' goal that made it 4-2.

Los Angeles, which never trailed, got the scoring going midway through the first period. Tom Preissing made it 1-0 at 8:24, but the Coyotes tied it a little more than three minutes later.

On the power play, the Coyotes' Enver Lisin converted Peter Mueller's centering pass at 11:30 for his second of the season.

Preissing scored his second with 42 seconds left in the period during a power play. It was Preissing's second multigoal game of the season.

Phoenix tied it again when Keith Yandle drilled a slap shot through traffic for a power-play goal at 6:05 of the second.

Phoenix drew within 4-3 when Steven Reinprecht tipped in Ballard's shot from the blue line at 11:25.

The Kings quickly responded and rebuilt a two goal lead. Defenseman Peter Harrold, crashing in from the left circle, beat Tellqvist at 12:04 of the second period.

The Coyotes again closed within one when Doan scored, during a two-man advantage at 17:26 of the second period.

The loss left Phoenix in a desperate fight for the playoffs.

"We could have tightened up a little and come away with two points," Ballard said. "Now, we have to move on and get ready for Saturday. It's good we didn't pack it in and roll over."


Phoenix captain Ed Jovanovski was scratched due to a bruised kidney. ... The Coyotes' four power-play goals were a season high. ... Harrold's previous goal came against Chicago on Feb. 23. ... O'Sullivan scored his third winning shootout goal of the season. ... The Kings are 5-2 in shootouts.

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Los Angeles  (29-40-6) «23001 (1)6
Phoenix (36-33-6)13100 (0)5
Three Stars
T. Preissing

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Mueller

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
S. Doan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
08:24Tom Preissing (7), Backhand Shot. Assist: Alexander Frolov, Kevin Dallman
11:50Power Play - Enver Lisin (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Peter Mueller, Daniel Carcillo
19:18Power Play - Tom Preissing (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Patrick O'Sullivan, Kevin Dallman
06:05Power Play - Keith Yandle (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Shane Doan, Enver Lisin
08:32Short - Dustin Brown (31), Wrist Shot. Assist: Anze Kopitar
09:51Raitis Ivanans (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Alexander Frolov
11:25Steve Reinprecht (15), Tip-In. Assist: Keith Ballard, Radim Vrbata
12:04Peter Harrold (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Patrick O'Sullivan, Lubomir Visnovsky
17:26Power Play - Shane Doan (26), Wrist Shot. Assist: Peter Mueller, Keith Yandle
19:35Power Play - Keith Ballard (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Shane Doan, Peter Mueller
 Patrick O'Sullivan (4), GOAL
Penalty Summary
02:12Vrbata, 2 min, Hooking
06:23Hossa, 2 min, Roughing
10:52Klemm, 2 min, Slashing
15:24Carcillo, 5 min, Interference
15:24Carcillo, 10 min, Game Misconduct
05:06Klemm, 2 min, Slashing
07:01Ivanans, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
16:34Blake, 2 min, Hooking
16:34Willsie, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:05Tjarnqvist, 2 min, Tripping
18:37Ellis, 2 min, Hooking
02:15Yandle, 2 min, Tripping
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Los Angeles167528
Erik Ersberg 64:4635540
Mikael Tellqvist 63:3131541
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Power Play
Los Angeles1-for-2
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