LOS ANGELES – The Coyotes are inching closer to this season’s expiration date, but they seemed to get a taste of what it’s like to be fighting for a playoff spot Tuesday during their 3-2 shootout rally at Staples Center over a desperate Kings team still jostling for positioning.
Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo scored in the 11th round of the shootout with a forehand shot, settling a tight tilt that opened up in the third amid back-and-forth action.
The Coyotes tied it at 1 at 5:49 on a slick wrist shot by winger Max Domi after he pulled up in the slot. It was Domi’s first goal in eight games, a drought he came close to ending Monday with a few breakaway looks and an attempt at an empty net. With 1:36 to go, winger Tyler Toffoli scored his second of the game – a glove-side shot on the power play. The Kings ended up 1-for-3 with the man advantage, while the Coyotes were 0-for-3.
But with 45 seconds left, Domi tied it once again when he roofed a puck from the back post over goalie Ben Bishop to call for extra time. Domi came close to completing his hat-trick bid in overtime twice with a look in-tight early and then a shot that went high late before the frame expired.
Arizona had a chance to pull even and eventually move ahead because of a strong showing by backup Louis Domingue. He and Bishop were engaged in a goaltending duel for much of the game. In the second period, Toffoli buried a rebound at 5:03 after it bounced into the slot after Domingue stopped a point shot by defenseman Jake Muzzin.
Los Angeles ramped up the pressure in the period with Domingue making a couple of key saves to keep the deficit at 1. He flashed the glove on a Jeff Carter shot off the rush and later sprawled out amid a scramble in front that had winger Tanner Pearson sniffing for an insurance goal.