March 12, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle (3) skates away from Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) during the third period at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Fall Short to Coyotes in the Desert

Game 25: Kings Lose 5-2, fall to 14-9-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. -This just wasn’t Los Angeles’ night as their two-game winning streak gets snapped by the Phoenix Coyotes who beat the defending champs by a score of 5-2 to split the season series.

March 12, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) carries the puck in front of Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during the third period at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings got off to an awful start as they surrendered a 4-0 lead before generating any offense. After goals by Shane Doan, Raffi Torres and a pair by Mikkel Boedker, the Kings were able to get on the board but not until late in the second when Mike Richardsored on the power play slapping his seventh past goaltender Mike Smith to put Los Angeles on the board.

After a Dustin Brown power-play goal cut the lead in half early in the third (his ninth), the Kings made things interesting by cutting the lead in half. Unfortunately, that was all the offense they could muster as Rob Klinkhammer potted his second-career goal later in the third to put the Coyotes up 5-2 and that was how this game would finish.

Give credit to the aforementioned Mike Smith who stopped 31 of 33 shots en route to the victory for the home side. Jonathan Quick wasn’t sharp on this night allowing five goals on 29 shots. Why he started for a second-straight night when a more-than-capable Jonathan Bernier was rested and ready to go is beyond me – but I digress.

While it’s never pleasant losing to a division rival, the Kings must now put this behind them and prepare for their all-too-important home-and-home series with another divisional rival, the San Jose Sharks.

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