The Stars (28-25-6) should be fired up as they fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are holding the first wild-card position with 82 points, two more than the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the second wild card, and three more than the Los Angeles Kings, who are on the outside looking in.
Ekman-Larsson said Kuemper has been an easy fit.
It makes it easy when he’s a great guy and you want to battle for him, Ekman-Larsson said. I think everybody’s doing a really good job, too. We’re playing better as a team, too. It makes it easy on everyone.
With the victory, Arizona pulled within one game of Buffalo, and two of Ottawa, to escape the bottom of the NHL standings. The Coyotes are four points behind Vancouver in last place in the Pacific Division.
Toffoli gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 1:57 into the second period with his 22nd of the season. Jake Muzzin made a long pass from deep in the Kings own zone to the red line that sprung Toffoli on a breakaway, which he finished with a wrist shot over a kneeling Nilsson.
Ty on a breakaway there, he’s not going to miss those too often, Pearson said.
Muzzin had an assist for the second straight game, leaving him one short of matching his career high of 31 in the 2015-16 season.
Kempe had the secondary assist, ending his six-game point drought.
Kopitar made it 2-0 at 14:54. His centering pass deflected off Troy Stecher’s stick and went fluttering in over Nilsson. It was Kopitar’s first goal during his four-game point streak, to go along with four assists.
Derek Forbort and Drew Doughty had assists on Kopitar’s 28th goal.
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