Kings: Late goal by Kyle Clifford ties score, 2-2

After the 2nd period:

Kings 2, Phoenix Coyotes 2

The good: The Kings managed to stop the bleeding after allowing two goals in the last six minutes of the opening period and then took the tourniquet off their offense by scoring with three minutes left in the second period to tie the score. Kyle Clifford not only finished of the scoring play but he got it started when he checked Phoenix defenseman Michal Rozsival so hard his stick flew into the Kings bench. The puck made its way to Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi, who passed over to Wayne Simmonds on the opposite side of the ice. Simmonds carried the puck toward the Coyotes net and centered it to Clifford who was pursued by the stick-less Rozsival. Clifford used his momentum to redirect the puck into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

The bad: It’s pretty bad when Clifford and fellow rookies Oscar Moller and Alec Martinez have more shots goal than veterans Ryan Smyth, Dustin Brown, Michal Handzus, Alexei Ponikarovsky and the list goes on. The veterans need to step up in this monumental game and make some contributions.

The in between: Chicago has already won and the Ducks are skating all over San Jose in Anaheim, so if the Kings let this victory get away the Kings and Ducks will head into their back-to-back games Friday and Saturday separated by two points or less with Chicago tied with Anaheim. Dallas is still in the hunt too, four points out of the final playoff spot with three games remaining against non-playoff qualifiers.