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Kopitar hits 1,000 points, Kings knock off Coyotes 4-2

A shot by Los Angeles Kings' Gabriel Vilardi, not seen, slips past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) for a goal as Coyotes defenseman Jordan O...
Los Angeles Kings center Jaret Anderson-Dolan, middle, celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates, including defensemen Drew Dough...
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings with teammates, including left wing Michael Bunting (5...
Arizona Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun, not seen, gets the puck past Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen (40) for a goal as Coyotes left wing Michae...
Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Bunting (58) pushes the puck further into the net on a goal by Jakob Chychrun as Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew D...

A shot by Los Angeles Kings' Gabriel Vilardi, not seen, slips past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) for a goal as Coyotes defenseman Jordan O...

Los Angeles Kings center Jaret Anderson-Dolan, middle, celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates, including defensemen Drew Dough...

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings with teammates, including left wing Michael Bunting (5...

Arizona Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun, not seen, gets the puck past Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen (40) for a goal as Coyotes left wing Michae...

Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Bunting (58) pushes the puck further into the net on a goal by Jakob Chychrun as Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew D...

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Anze Kopitar had an assist to reach 1,000 career points, Gabriel Vilardi scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Arizona Coyotes from playoff contention with a 4-2 win Wednesday night.

The Coyotes got some good news in their longshot bid to make the playoffs when St. Louis lost to Anaheim.

The Kings ended Arizona's hopes and bolstered their own longshot chances in the Coyotes' home season finale.

Kopitar, who had a goal and an assist Monday, became the fourth Los Angeles player to reach 1,000 career points on Sean Walker's empty-net goal. Cal Petersen had 28 saves and Jaret Anderson-Dolan also scored for Los Angeles, which trails the Blues by eight points but has five games left.

Arizona's Jakob Chychrun had his 18th goal, which leads all NHL defensemen, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored. Adin Hill stopped 18 shots.

Once in the West Division's fourth spot, the Coyotes dropped out of the race by losing nine of 12.

The Kings won the first in the two-game series 3-2 behind 15 saves by Petersen after Jonathan Quick went out with a lower-body injury in the second period.

The Coyotes got off to a slow start in that game, but didn't have that problem Wednesday night. Ekman-Larsson scored 1:19 in on a wrist shot Petersen couldn't see through a screen.

It didn't last.

Vilardi scored three minutes later from the right circle on a shot that hit Hill's glove and trickled in. Anderson-Dolan made it 2-1 later in the period on a shot from the slot Hill couldn't see through three teammates in front.

The Coyotes had a quick answer, scoring nine seconds into the power play when Chychrun punched in a rebound that got behind Petersen.

Both teams tightened up in their own end after the four-goal first period and both opened the third by hitting a post — the Kings' Mikey Anderson, then Arizona's Conor Garland.

Vilardi broke the tie 4 1/2 minutes in, one-timing a pass from Lias Andersson on a shot just outside the crease. Petersen made some tough saves down the stretch and Kopitar hit the 1,000-point mark on Walker's goal.

UP NEXT

The Kings host the first of two games against Colorado on Friday.

The Coyotes play the first of two games at San Jose Friday.

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Updated : 2021-06-25 08:08 GMT+08:00