Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for his sports logo decals stickers second shutout of the season for the Arizona Coyotes in a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.
The Coyotes (21-22-5) are one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues for fourth place in the eight-team Honda West Division. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and defenseman Alex Goligoski said they watched the Blues’ 5-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche earlier Saturday. Goligoski said the result energized Arizona, especially knowing St. Louis has three games in hand.
Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Goligoski had two assists, Metallic Iron On Transfers and Derick Brassard had an aid for his 500th NHL stage Chicago White Sox iron on letter number for Arizona, which had won one of its previous eight games.
Calvin Petersen made 36 saves for the Kings (17-22-6), who are seven points behind the Coyotes with three online games in hand. LA lost to the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Friday.
John Hayden’s first goal with the Coyotes made it 1-0 at 12:47 of the first period.
Lawson Crouse managed to get 2-0 36 seconds into the second period, tipping Goligoski’s shot from the blue line. Jakob Chychrun scored his 14th objective to put Arizona ahead 3-0 at 4:19 of the third period. It was his third power-play goal.
Kessel made it 4-0 at 12:56. He needs two points for 900 in the NHL.
Kings captain Anze Kopitar said there was not enough desperation in their play considering the stakes.