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GLENDALE Jimmy Howard Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper might not have imagined that by the end of Thursday night, he’d have played in as many games as the goalie he backs up, the injured Antti Raanta.Kuemper had a career-high 44 saves in his sixth straight game in net, and the Arizona Coyotes held off the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators 2-1.Kuemper kept a shutout going until Nick Bonino scored with 7:51 to play.“Sometimes it’s nice seeing a lot (of shots). It’s easier to just get in a rhythm,” Kuemper said. “I felt good and the guys were doing a great job in front of me.”The Coyotes (9-8-1) got goals from Michael Grabner and Jason Demers in their second win in six games. Arizona played the first of five straight home games after going 4-1 in its previous five-game homestand.Demers left with an apparent leg injury with 37.1 seconds to play after crashing into his own net. There was no update on his status after the game.Nashville (13-5-1) finished a five-game road trip — which included three games against Pacific Division teams — with five points, but lost its third straight. Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots.“Their goalie played really well and they’re a good team,” Nashville’s Roman Josi said. “They’re fast. Every time we turned it over they took it back really quick. We played really hard but it just didn’t go our way.”The Predators’ Kyle Turris hit a post at the 12:22 mark of the third period. Nashville took out Rinne for an extra attacker inside of two minutes to play.“That team is built to win a Stanley Cup and we beat them 2-1,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “It was a little ugly but the PK (penalty kill) and ‘Kemps’ (Kuemper) won us the game.”The Coyotes scored their NHL-best 10th short-handed goal at 7:16 of the first period. Grabner had open ice on a power-play clearance and scored from just in front of the blue line to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.Four of Grabner’s five goals this season have been short-handed, and he leads the league in that category. Grabner has 19 short-handed goals since 2010 Jonathan Ericsson Jersey , second only to the 23 for Brad Marchand of Boston.“Sometimes what it takes is a bounce to settle you down a little bit,” Grabner said. “It was nice to come back on after one (period) with the lead.”Demers put a wrist shot past Rinne on the goaltender’s stick side for a 2-0 Coyotes lead at 4:09 of the second period. It was the defenseman’s first goal of the season.The Predators were 0 for 5 on the man advantage for their third consecutive game without a power-play goal. That helped the Coyotes maintain their standing as the NHL’s top penalty-kill unit with only five power-play goals allowed.“The guys were working so hard on it,” Kuemper said. “Giving a lot of pressure and not giving them time to set up and make the plays they want.”The fifth power play for Nashville came as a result of Josh Archibald’s illegal check to the head of the Predators’ Josh Hartman with 1:41 left in the second period. Hartman was bleeding and had to leave the ice.Notes: Predators D P.K. Subban was placed on injured reserve before the game with an upper-body injury, and F Viktor Arvidsson, already on injured reserve, could miss six to eight weeks with a broken thumb. … Nashville activated D Dan Hamhuis from injured reserve for his first game since Oct. 23. … F Austin Watson got an assist in his first game after serving an 18-game suspension for domestic violence.UP NEXTNashville: Hosts Los Angeles on Saturday night.Arizona: Hosts Boston on Saturday night. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Iafallo is starting his second season with the Los Angeles Kings on a line with a Hart Trophy finalist and a former No. 1 overall draft pick.The former undrafted free agent realizes his extraordinary good fortune to be alongside Anze Kopitar and Ilya Kovalchuk, and he’s determined to make the most of it.Iafallo scored two third-period goals and Kovalchuk had his first two NHL assists in nearly 5 ½ years, leading the Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.Kopitar and Paul LaDue also scored as the Kings earned their first victory of the new season.Kovalchuk’s first point with the Kings also was his 400th career assist when he set up Kopitar’s goal in the second period. The Russian star then pounced on a puck near the corner during the third period and found Iafallo with a blind pass for the Kings’ third goal.Iafallo added an empty-netter, sealing the win and his promising performance alongside two NHL greats. The Kings’ top line combined for five points.“It’s a blast Womens Justin Abdelkader Jersey ,” Iafallo said of his line assignment. “It’s pretty cool being out there with them, and learning from (Kovalchuk) and being able to pass to him.”With beautiful scoring passes to each of his new linemates, Kovalchuk recorded his first multipoint NHL game since April 25, 2013. Now 35 years old, the former No. 1 pick in the NHL draft joined the Kings this season after five years with SKA St. Petersburg.“It’s been pretty good, (but) just like our team’s game, there’s still room for improvement,” Kopitar said of his line. “We’ll chip away, keep getting better and create more chances and score goals.”Jack Campbell made 36 saves for the Kings in place of Jonathan Quick Luke Glendening Jersey , who went on injured reserve with a lower-body injury sustained in practice Saturday. Campbell earned his third career NHL victory with several solid stops.“I thought he was terrific,” Los Angeles coach John Stevens said. “It was a really solid performance coming in on short notice.”Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored power-play goals for the Red Wings, and rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski had two assists.Former Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 21 shots in his Detroit debut, but a miscommunication with his defensemen allowed Kovalchuk to swoop in for the puck and the pass setting up Iafallo’s first goal.“I felt OK, but I take this loss on my shoulders,” Bernier said. “I thought we played a really good game. We gave up a couple of things, but we played solid. I’ve got to make better plays.”The Red Wings signed Bernier as a free agent in July. He was drafted 11th overall by Los Angeles in 2006 and was Quick’s backup on Los Angeles’ 2012 Stanley Cup championship team.After a scoreless first period, Kopitar got a slick pass from Kovalchuk and roofed a backhand for his second goal in the Kings’ two games.Iafallo’s first goal went into Bernier’s net in the third period after the goalie knocked it off its moorings, but officials allowed the goal to stand.Larkin got an unassisted goal off his own rebound late in the third Martin Frk Jersey , but Iafallo added an empty-netter.“At the end, there was a couple of costly mistakes and turnovers that they capitalized on,” Larkin said. “But we had a great start. We neutralized their heavy game by moving the puck quick in the offensive zone, and we had a ton of shots. If we play like that, I think we’re going to be a hard team to play against.”NOTES: Detroit D Trevor Daley left in the first period with an upper-body injury after falling when he apparently got his right skate blade caught between the boards and the ice. … Kings D Drew Doughty played in his 330th consecutive game, matching the franchise record set by Kopitar from 2007-11. … F Jaret Anderson-Dolan made his NHL debut for the Kings after becoming the youngest player to make Los Angeles’ roster since 1984. The 19-year-old’s family was in attendance at Staples Center.UP NEXTRed Wings: At Anaheim Ducks on Monday.Kings: Open four-game Canadian road trip at Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
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