LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes haven’t had many chances to protect a lead this season. They’re starting to learn what it takes.
Against the desperate Los Angeles Kings, battling to make the playoffs, Coyotes youngsters Brendan Perlini and Jordan Martinook got prime chances to put those lessons into practice.
Perlini scored twice and Martinook added short-handed and empty-net goals in the third period as Arizona held off the Kings’ late attempt at a comeback for a 5-3 win Thursday night.
“If you have a lead more, then you learn more about it,” said Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who made 41 saves. “We’ve been doing that a little bit more. Sooner or later, we’ll figure it out.”
After Tanner Pearson scored midway through the third period to cut the Coyotes’ lead to 2-1, Perlini responded with a clever wrist shot. Dustin Brown’s goal was answered by…