LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Carter completed a hat trick by scoring with 4:25 left and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.

Carter scored for the third consecutive game, helping the Kings open up a two-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division before the Freeway Faceoff rivals meet Friday night in Anaheim.

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Jack Campbell made 20 saves for his second career win, and the Kings won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row Feb. 17-20. Anze Kopitar added an empty-net goal with 1.7 seconds remaining, and Tyler Toffoli had two assists.

Kevin Connauton scored for the second straight game and Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who had won two straight over the Kings. Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves.

Carter capped his sixth career hat trick on a wrist shot from the left dot to give the Kings the lead at 15:35 of the third period. It was Carter’s 13th goal in 17 games since returning from surgery to repair a cut tendon in his ankle, and his 59th multi-goal game in his 900th career appearance.

Carter has five goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.

Arizona took a 2-1 lead at 5:14 of the second period when Domi followed up Christian Dvorak’s wraparound with a backhand for his ninth goal.

Rookie defenseman Trevor Murphy picked up his first assist and second point in his fourth career game.

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Los Angeles made it 2-all when Carter redirected Dion Phaneuf’s shot from the blue line in for a power-play goal at 11:49.

Connauton put the Coyotes ahead 1-0 at 12:26 in the first period with his third goal in two games. Connauton has four points in his last three games.

Carter tied it up at 1 with 27.5 seconds remaining, tipping Derek Forbort’s shot past Kuemper for his 350th career goal.

NOTES: Kopitar set a new career-high with his 35th goal. … Campbell improved to 2-0-2 as Jonathan Quick’s backup after the Kings traded Kuemper to the Coyotes on Feb. 21.


Coyotes: Host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Kings: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

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