LOS ANGELESI, Calif., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The Phoenix Coyotes are going with a youth movement this season, but the oldest players on the roster came through on opening night.
Sean Burke stopped 32 shots and Claude Lemieux scored on a breakaway as the Coyotes rallied for a 2-2 tie with the Los Angeles Kings in the season opener for both Pacific Division teams Thursday night.
Phoenix was outshot in each period, but Burke was the difference. He turned aside all 12 shots over the third period and overtime to help the Coyotes escape with one point.
With just under 18 minutes to go in regulation, Burke repulsed a 3-on-none break. Moments later, with the Kings on the power play, he stopped defenseman Aaron Miller's shot from the slot and gobbled up Bryan Smolinski's tight-angle rebound with his glove.
In overtime, the 34-year-old Burke got lucky when defenseman Mathieu Schneider's blast from the blue line hit the crossbar with 3:24 left. But Burke made a stick stop on Ziggy Palffy's drive from the slot with 1:40 to play and denied Glen Murray in the final seconds.
The 36-year-old Lemieux took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone and lifted Phoenix into a 1-1 tie at 2:20 of the second period.
Smolinski put Los Angeles back in front at 8:47, gloving a rebound of newcomer Steve Heinze's shot and putting a backhander past Burke.
But the Coyotes tied it again on the power play with 3:28 to go in the period. Shane Doan, Phoenix's leading returning goal-scorer, flipped a shot from the slot that deflected off the skate of a Kings' defender and was tipped past goaltender Felix Potvin by Daniel Briere.
Potvin made 15 saves for Los Angeles, which has won just two of the last 10 meetings with Phoenix (2-5-3-0).