GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Goligoski scored the decisive goal in the fifth round of a shootout and Adin Hill earned his first NHL win for the Arizona Coyotes in their 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Arizona squandered a 3-0 lead as Jeff Carter scored two third-period goals for the Kings to send the game to overtime. But the last-place Coyotes rebounded to win for the 10th time in 14 games, improving to 11-3-2 in their last 16. They climbed out of the NHL cellar with 57 points, one more than Buffalo.
Los Angeles, third in the Pacific Division, is one point behind second-place San Jose with 12 games remaining.
The Kings had what was first ruled the game-winning goal 25 seconds into overtime overturned on goaltender interference after a video review.
Carter tied it at 3 with 2:18 to play in the third, deflecting Drew Doughty’s shot past Hill, who was pressed into service with Arizona’s top two goaltenders unavailable.
The 21-year-old Hill stopped 33 shots and Nick Cousins had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. Arizona was forced to turn to Hill in net, with No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta missing his fifth straight game due to a lower-body injury and backup Darcy Kuemper unable to start because of an illness.
Kuemper served as the backup but didn’t face the team that traded him to Arizona on Feb. 21.
Hill, an emergency call-up from the minors last Tuesday, had not played since a loss at the New York Rangers on Oct. 26. Arizona was also without coach Rick Tocchet, who missed his first …read more