Bunting hat trick helps Coyotes defeat Kings

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LOS ANGELES — Michael Bunting scored his first NHL hat trick for the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Monday.

Bunting scored his third of the game at 8:48 of the second period on a power play to give Arizona a 4-1 lead.

Adin Hill made 36 saves and the Coyotes (19-15-5), who were 3-for-6 with the man-advantage and won their third straight game. It was the second of a back-to-back following a 3-2 overtime victory at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal for the Kings (14-17-6), who have lost three in a row. Calvin Petersen made 28 saves.

The teams will play here again Wednesday.

Bunting scored twice in 1:28 in the first period. He gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at 2:43 on a one-timer from Conor Garland, then made it 2-0 on a rebound of Jakob Chychrun‘s shot from the slot for a power-play goal at 4:11.

Derick Brassard made it 3-0 on the power play with a one-timer from the right circle.

The Kings had allowed one power-play goal in their previous 13 games, killing 30 of 31 penalties (96.8 percent) in that span.

Doughty cut it to 3-1 at 16:07 of the first with a long shot through traffic.

Andreas Athanasiou got the Kings within 4-2 at 2:10 of the third period.

Christian Dvorak scored an empty-net goal at 19:26 for the 5-2 final.

Hill made 17 saves in the third period. He has won six of his past seven starts with goalies Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper out with lower-body injuries.

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