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Kings, Coyotes Skate to 4-4 Tie

December 19, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ladislav Nagy tied it with 1:10 left in regulation and Shane Doan punctuated his 600th NHL game with a short-handed goal to help the Phoenix Coyotes overcome a three-goal deficit and tie the Los Angeles Kings 4-4 Thursday night.

Jan Hrdina and Jeff Taffe scored power-play goals for the Coyotes, helping end Los Angeles’ four-game home winning streak. It was the fifth time this season the Coyotes tied a game in the final two minutes of regulation.

Kings captain Mattias Norstrom scored with 4:54 remaining in regulation to end a 113-game scoring drought. Alexander Frolov and Lubomir Visnovsky scored less than 1 1/2 minutes apart, and Luc Robitaille connected on a five-on-three power play to help the Kings build a 3-0 lead through the first period.

Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher stopped Ziggy Palffy on a breakaway with seven seconds left in overtime.

The Coyotes, who lead the NHL with 10 goals in 4-on-4 situations, gave up one by Norstrom that put the Kings ahead 4-3.

Phoenix tied it after a turnover by Norstrom. Nagy, whose first career hat trick helped beat the Kings in their previous meeting, scored from 10 feet.

The Coyotes got on the board with a five-on-three goal at 4:07 of the second.

Phoenix closed to 3-2 just 20 seconds into the third, while Norstrom was serving a tripping penalty that carried over from the second period. Nagy’s shot from the right circle struck the skate of Kings defenseman Jason Holland and caromed to Mara, who had an open net to shoot at but was robbed on an acrobatic stick save by Cristobal Huet. But Taffe quickly banged home the rebound.

Phoenix defenseman Matthew Spillers was off for interference when Langkow intercepted Joe Corvo’s cross-ice pass just inside the Phoenix blue line and took off on a two-on-none rush with Doan, who got the puck at the last second and scored with 13:08 to play.

The Kings outshot Phoenix 14-5 in the opening period and scored on two of their first four shots against Boucher, who hadn’t allowed more than two goals in his previous three starts.

Frolov backhanded a rebound between Boucher’s stick and the right post after Eric Belanger was stopped on a shot from the slot. Visnovsky connected on a short wrist shot at 4:58, his second goal in two games following a 20-game drought.

The Kings, 4-for-50 on the power play their previous 12 games, made it 3-0 during a two-man advantage just 13 seconds before the first intermission.

Notes: In a poll of fans who voted on the Coyotes’ Web site for the most memorable moment at America West Arena, the No. 2 choice was the game on Feb. 8, 2002, when the Kings blew a 4-0 lead to Phoenix and lost 6-5 in overtime. ... Kings trainer Pete Demers worked his 2,500th regular-season game _ all consecutive. ... The Coyotes began a four-game road trip that will lead them into their first home game at new Glendale Arena on Dec. 27. ... The Coyotes, who allowed a league-worst 77 power-play goals last season, have given up at least one in seven straight games and 33 in 31 games. ... Phoenix is 6-for-20 on the power play in their last five games _ following a nine-game stretch in which they were 0-for-32. ... The Kings and Coyotes have combined for 28 goals in three meetings this season.

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