The Kings got their top line going and their first win of the season.
Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark the Kings' No. 1 line and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Saturday night.
"Kopi was good, goal scorers scored," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "It was the difference in the game, right?
Scoreless through the season's first three games, the Kings' line of Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams had an extra jump against the Coyotes, combining for four points. Kopitar scored both of his goals in the second period, with Brown and Williams getting an assist on each.
Jake Muzzin scored his first NHL goal and had an assist and Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings, who had eight players with at least a point and matched their season total for goals to avoid their first four-game winless start since 1997-98.
"Every time you're on the road, you need a team game," Kopitar said. "I know everybody's saying that, but that's just how it is. You need to roll four lines."
Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who have allowed 20 goals in five games.
The Kings and Coyotes already didn't like each other much and the hatred intensified during a testy Western Conference finals last season.
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