GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Pacific Division rivals Los Angeles and
Phoenix will play eight times this season. If the first game was
any indication, the next seven should be bruising.
"You get to know them very well," Cammalleri said. "They get
to know you very well. It turns into more of a grudge match than
anything else. You've got to try to win those divisional matchups.
That's going to put you in the playoffs."
The Kings scored all of their goals on the power play and
Phoenix was assessed 57 penalty minutes. Los Angeles went 4-for-12
on the power play and killed off all five of its penalties.
"It seems like it's always easier when you get a couple-goal
lead," Garon said. "Tonight, we played awesome. The defensemen in
front of me, they blocked shots. I don't think (Phoenix) got any
Phoenix lost for the fifth time in six games and remains mired
in last place in the Western Conference. The Coyotes, playing at
home for the first time since Oct. 7, were booed off the ice.
"What's disappointing is when you come off a trip and the first
period is so vital, and you've just got to stay out of the penalty
box," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "I was telling the
players after the game, obviously this a low point."
Phoenix defenseman Nick Boynton ambushed Los Angeles defenseman
Brent Sopel after Sopel leveled the Coyotes' Dave Scatchard in the
third period. Boynton was assessed 27 minutes in penalties -- 2 for
instigating, 5 for fighting and 10 each for misconduct and a game
Late in the game, the Kings' Sean Avery and the Coyotes' Shane
Doan were sent to the locker rooms with 10-minute misconduct
penalties after they tangled.
"As a group, you're frustrated," Doan said. "We know that
we're better than we've shown so far."
The Kings didn't look like the team that had played the night
before in a different city. Taking advantage of undisciplined play
by the Coyotes, Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead in the first period.
"The early power-play goals obviously were huge for us," Los
Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. "Not only that, the early
penalty kills for us were good. That was the difference in the
game. We got the power-play goals and it seemed to really spur on
our confidence. That was a good victory for our team."
"We definitely needed a change in momentum," Gretzky said. "I
thought that was the right thing to do to maybe give us a spark
more than anything."
With Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski serving a delay of game
penalty, Frolov scored to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at 4:52 of the
first period. It was Frolov's third goal of the season.
Los Angeles went up 2-0 when Kopitar scored on a rebound of
Blake's slapshot at 16:29. It was Kopitar's third goal of the year.
The power play came when Phoenix defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was
sent off for hooking.
Los Angeles went ahead 4-0 on Cammalleri's fourth goal of the
season at 18:38 of the second period. The Coyotes were already two
men short when Zbynek Michalek was sent off for crosschecking.
Phoenix killed off the two-man advantage before Cammalleri scored
on a 5-on-4.
The Coyotes fell to 1-2 at home. ... Los Angeles notched
its first road victory. ... The teams meet three times in November,
starting with a Nov. 4 game in Phoenix.