Coyotes eliminated from playoff contention with loss to Kings


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Anze Kopitar became the 91st player in NHL history with 1,000 points with an assist for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Wednesday.

Arizona, which has lost 12 of its past 15 games, was eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention.

Gabriel Vilardi scored two goals, Sean Walker had a goal and two assists, and Calvin Petersen made 28 saves for the Kings (21-24-6). Vilardi’s two-goal game was the first of NHL career.

Jakob Chychrun and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored, and Adin Hill made 18 saves for the Coyotes (22-26-6).

Vilardi’s second goal gave the Kings a 3-2 lead 4:42 into the third period. Lias Andersson carried the puck beyond the goal line and made a backhand pass to Vilardi in the low slot.

Kopitar won a face-off and fed Walker, who scored into an empty net at 19:23 for the 4-2 final. Kopitar is the fourth Kings player to reach 1,000 mark. He has 346 goals and 654 assists in 1,124 games in 15 seasons with the Kings.

Los Angeles swept the two-game set to finish 5-3-0 against Arizona this season.

Ekman-Larsson’s wrist shot from the point while Petersen was screened made it 1-0 at 1:19 of the first. Vilardi tied it 1-1 with a one-timer from the right face-off circle that deflected off Hill’s glove at 4:29.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan‘s wrist shot from the high slot to Hill’s blocker side gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 13:03. Quinton Byfield‘s assist was his first point in the NHL.

Chychrun’s power-play goal tied it 2-2 at 17:43 and was his 18th, the most among NHL defensemen, and his ninth in his past 19 games. The Coyotes scored eight seconds into the man-advantage.

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