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LOS ANGELES -- Winger Jeff Halpern scored the game-winning goal, and Mike Smith made 36 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Monday.

Phoenix (33-25-11) broke a two-game losing streak and remained in the thick of the Western Conference wild-card race. The Kings (37-25-6) lost their third consecutive game.

Halpern's fourth goal of the season came after a review at 16:55 of the third period, as his shot from the goalmouth appeared to be saved by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The Coyotes rallied from a poor second period to tie the game on defenseman Keith Yandle's eighth goal of the season at 9:44 of the final period. An errant clearing pass by Kings defenseman Matt Greene from behind his own net wound up on Yandle's stick, and the subsequent shot from 55 feet eluded Quick.

Los Angeles used two second-period goals to forge a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. The Kings evened the score at 2-2 at 6:50 on defenseman Alec Martinez's eighth goal of the season. Winger Jeff Carter circled the net after a rush down the right side, and his pass was one-timed past an unsuspecting Smith for the equalizer.

Winger Marian Gaborik gave Los Angeles its first lead of the night at 18:19 of the second period. Gaborik converted a feed from Kopitar in the slot for his eighth goal of the season and second in a Los Angeles uniform.

The Coyotes scored twice in just over a minute in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Right winger Radim Vrbata flipped a shot that was knocked in by left winger Rob Klinkhammer for his 11th goal of the season at 6:34.

Phoenix doubled its lead with a power-play goal by winger Mikael Boedker just over a minute later. Boedker took a feed in the slot from defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and backhanded a shot from 20 feet past Quick for his 17th goal of the season at 7:36.

Los Angeles crept to within one on rookie winger Tanner Pearson's second goal of the season at 17:02 of the first period.

Quick finished with 23 saves.

NOTES: Phoenix scratched D David Schlemko, RW Martin Erat, LW Paul Bissonnette, C Andy Miele and D Brandon Gormley. ... Coyotes C Mike Ribeiro is one assist short of his ninth consecutive season with at least 30. ... Phoenix C Martin Hanzal returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to injury. The Coyotes were 5-2-0 during his absence. ... Los Angeles did not dress RW Dustin Brown and D Jake Muzzin. ... The Kings will start a stretch of five games against Eastern Conference competition Thursday when the Washington Capitals visit Staples Center. The Kings are 16-8-3 against the East this season. ... C Anze Kopitar is tied with Mike Murphy for eighth in Kings history with 194 goals.
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