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Kopitar powers Kings past Coyotes

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Associated Press
4/7/2007 7:27:49 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rookie Anze Kopitar scored his 20th goal of the season on a power play with 53 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix 3-2 on Saturday in their season finale, leaving the Coyotes to finish in last place in the Western Conference.

Scott Thornton and Michael Cammalleri scored 2½ minutes apart in the second period for the Kings, who avoided finishing last by beating their Pacific Division rivals and snapping a six-game losing streak. Jaroslav Modry and Dustin Brown each had two assists.

Mike Zigomanis and Nick Boynton scored for the Coyotes, who will finish their season Sunday against Vancouver. They lost their final seven road games and finished 13-26-2 away from home.

Los Angeles finished 27-41-14 in its first season under coach Marc Crawford. Of the 13 coaches that made it all the way through their first season with the Kings, Crawford is the fourth with at least 40 losses - joining Don Perry, Larry Robinson and Larry Regan.

The Kings missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season, matching the longest drought in the franchise's 40-year history. They had 68 points, their lowest total in a regulation season since 1996-97, when they had 67.

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