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Arizona Coyotes hang on to beat Los Angeles Kings

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta, center, of Finland, celebrates at the sound of the horn during the third period of an NHL hockey game with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, left, of Sweden, and right wing Brad Richardson, right, as the Coyotes defeat the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawson Crouse scored the go-ahead goal before a scary fall that forced him to leave the game, and the Arizona Coyotes held on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Saturday.

Phil Kessel and Christian Fischer also scored for the Coyotes, who have won five of seven, including a 3-0 home victory over the Kings on Monday. Antti Raata made 43 saves for Arizona, which was outshot 45-18.

Anze Kopitar and Nikolai Prokhorkin scored for the Kings, whose five-game home winning streak ended. Jonathan Quick stopped 16 shots.

Crouse’s goal off a rebound in the second period put Arizona ahead 2-1. He left the game in the third period after he fell and hit his head awkwardly into the boards. After being checked by a trainer, he was helped off the ice, and he walked to the locker room.

Kessel opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. The Coyotes got through the neutral zone quickly, and he scored on a give-and-go play, assisted by Keller and Derek Stepan.

Kopitar tied it at 1-1 in the second period on the power play, his team-best ninth goal of the season.

Crouse scored at 15:29 of the second period and 27 seconds later, Clayton Keller was whistled for a hooking penalty. But the Kings came up empty on that power-play opportunity.

Fischer’s empty-netter made it 3-1 with 2:10 left in the game, but Prokhorkin responded quickly with the game’s final goal.

The Coyotes return home to host the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday in a match-up of the Pacific Division’s top teams.

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