By JACK MAGRUDER – Associated Press
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Trevor Moore scored two goals and the Los Angeles Kings extended their season-opening road winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.
Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault also scored and Pheonix Copley made 30 saves for the Kings, which is tied for the third-longest such streak in NHL history. Buffalo holds the record when it won its first 10 road games in 2006-07.
“We’re a veteran team,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We’ve been together as a group for a long time. We understand what our structure is. Our game management skills have improved from the start of the year to now.
“All those things are really important when you’re playing on the road. We seem to play a simpler game. Everyone pulls on the rope the right way. We don’t need great games from everyone every night. We just want good games, and we’re getting them.”
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Lawson Crouse scored and Connor Ingram made 21 saves for the Coyotes, who played their seventh home game of the season. Ingram is 6-2 in his eight starts this season, while Crouse has scored in three of the last four games and eight of the last 10.
Los Angeles killed all six penalties, including a double minor on Adrian Kempe when the score was 3-1 midway through the third period. The Kings have not given up a power play goal in their last seven games and have 26 penalty kill situations.
“First, we’re blocking a lot of shots,” Copley said. “We are building lanes. I thought we did a really good job of keeping them on the outside. We’re sticking to keeping it simple, and that’s been the success of it.”
Copley scored three goals in the first 8:31 before being ejected in the Kings’ 5-4 win here on Oct. 27, and McLellan said the Kings focused on this game for his comeback. Cam Talbot had three and eight of the last 10 starts.
“In the back of our minds we were always thinking about playing him here again,” McLellan said. “Back to the crime scene. But not his crime. Our crime. Try to get the players to respond to him and himself.”
Moore scored a shorthanded goal at 3:36 of the first period. Danault picked off a pass that came off Moore’s skate and fed it back to Moore, who picked it up on the center boards and hit Ingram with a high wrister to the glove side.
“Todd put a lot of emphasis on our starting and we wanted to be better,” Moore said.
Copley made saves on breaks by Jason Zucker and Nick Schmaltz in the final nine minutes of the first period, and Crouse missed the net on a break in the final minute.
“We played strong defensively,” said Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny. “Even offensively, we created a lot of chances but we didn’t bury them. We did a lot of good things. It was just a question of execution.”
Kings: At Anaheim on Friday.
Coyotes: Host St. Louis on Wednesday.
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