Upshall lifts Coyotes past Kings

GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Scottie Upshall scored with 5:54
remaining, and Al Montoya made 31 saves in his second career
start to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings,
2-1, on Thursday night.

Ed Jovanovski added a goal and an assist in the Coyotes’ fourth
straight home win.

Derek Armstrong scored for Los Angeles, which is 1-5-1 in its
last seven games.

Jovanovski tied it at 1-1 with 13:52 left in the third,
one-timing Shane Doan’s pass from the right boards past Jonathan
Quick from the top right of the crease.

Upshall gave Phoenix the lead eight minutes later, taking a pass
from Matthew Lombardi as he rushed the net and beating Upshall
with a quick wrist shot.

Los Angeles opened the scoring late in the first period with
some help from the Coyotes’ defense. David Hale was checked off
the puck behind the Phoenix net, and Keith Yandle tried to clear
the puck with a backhand swipe. But his pass went to Armstrong
between the circles and the center slid the puck between
Montoya’s pads.

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Quick made 17 saves over the first two periods to maintain the
Kings’ lead, including a pad save on Doan’s breakaway attempt
with 4:37 left in the period.

Notes: Doan moved within four points of Keith Tkachuk on the
franchise’s career scoring list with his 619th point. …
Armstrong’s last goal was February 21, also against Phoenix. …
The Coyotes are 5-0-1 in their past six home games and are
22-14-3 at home, their best mark in seven years.