The Los Angeles Kings have been the most successful road team in the NHL early in the 2023-24 season. On Monday, their streak continued to eight away games undefeated after a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The Kings started quickly, as 3:36 into the first period, Trevor Moore scored a short-handed goal after using his fast speed to close off the defender’s angle.
The Coyotes had some chances, but the Kings held them to one goal thanks to the efforts of goaltender Phoenix Copley. He made 30 saves in his fifth start of the 2023-24 season.
Copley made a glove save early in the first period to prevent the Coyotes from scoring.
The penalty kill remained an area of strength the rest of the night as the Kings held the Coyotes scoreless on all six of their power plays. On the contrary, the power play was mostly unsuccessful for the Kings as they failed to score on their four power plays. Still, the Kings’ full-strength dominance was strong enough to net them the victory.
Phillip Danault and Moore led the Kings in points, adding two to their totals. Multiple other players picked up one point.
Late in the first period, Quinton Byfield threaded the needle on a backhand pass to Anze Kopitar, who scored, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead.
Moore’s second goal (the Kings’ third) came 15:31 into the second period when he picked off a pass and found the top corner of the net.
Danault scored late in the third period, putting the exclamation point on the convincing victory. Alex Laferriere slipped a pass to him, and he buried it into the back of the goal.
The Kings stayed at third in the Pacific Divison, tied at 25 points with the Vancouver Canucks. Next, they face the Anaheim Ducks with a chance to stay undefeated on the road and continue gaining points.