March 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) blocks a shot as center Jarret Stoll (28) helps defend against Phoenix Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Bernier Turns Away 40 as Doughty’s First Leads Kings to Series Sweep of Coyotes


Game 29: Kings Win 3-2, improve to 17-10-2

LOS ANGELES – While they picked up the win on Monday, the Los Angeles Kings were looking for some more fun again on Tuesday as they defeated their hated rivals from the desert in as many nights extending their winning streak to three games.

March 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) celebrates with center Anze Kopitar (11) and defenseman Drew Doughty (8) after scoring a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After a scoreless first half of the opening period, Dustin Penner got things going as he tipped in a Justin Williams pass from behind the net to register his second goal of the year. The score remained 1-0 until the second when at the 6:28 mark, Drew Doughty finally got the monkey off his back slapping his first of the year past Mike Smith to put Los Angeles up by a pair.

After Shane Doan tipped in a point shot halfway through the third to put the Coyotes on the board, the Kings answered just over two minutes later as Jarret Stoll came through on the power play snapping his sixth past a sprawling Smith to regain the home side’s two-goal lead.

Shane Doan pulled the Coyotes to within one in the final minute of the third but that was all Phoenix could muster as the Kings hung on for the 3-2 victory and sweep their two-game set with the Desert Dogs.

While he didn’t duplicate Jonathan Quick‘s shutout performance from Monday night, Jonathan Bernier was rock-solid. In a rare instance, the Kings allowed 2 shots but it didn’t matter as Bernier stood tall by turning away 40 of them with the first goal coming off a screen.

En route to the win, however, there was some controversy late as Shane Doan and Jake Muzzin got into a tussle that ended with Doan acting hurt only to get up and seem perfectly fine. In the risk of sounding bias, this was just another episode of the Phoenix captain’s classless ways.

Nevertheless, the Kings did win and there’s no sense complaining about what went wrong because, in all honestly, aside from the Doan situation, nothing did go wrong and Los Angeles will look to ride this momentum into Thursday night when the play host to yet another division rival, the Dallas Stars.

Tags: Drew Doughty Jake Muzzin Jonathan Bernier Los Angeles Kings Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan