GLENDALE – The Coyotes rookies defeated the LA Kings rookies, 4-1, on Tuesday night in the first of two games between the Pacific Division rivals.
Brendan Perlini, whom the Coyotes selected with the 12th overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, scored the game’s prettiest goal on a breakaway at 7:51 of the first period to give Arizona the lead for good.
"It was kind of a bad play by their D and I just took advantage going around him," Perlini said. "Luckily a good shot went in."
Henrik Samuelsson, also a first-round pick by the Coyotes in 2012, gave Arizona a 1-0 lead when he scored a back-handed goal at 2:50 of the first period.
"It's always fun playing different teams," Samuelsson said. "Last year we didn't get to do this so it's definitely a good thing to do before main camp."
Forward Tobias Rieder scored an insurance goal with a wrist shot at 9:57 of the third period, and forward Tyler Gaudet added an empty-netter with less than a minute to play.
Marek Langhamer and Adam Brown shared goaltending duties for Arizona. Langhamer played the first two periods and Brown played the third period.
Coyotes forward Laurent Dauphin suffered a lower-body injury in the third period and was helped to the dressing room.
Roland McKeown scored LA's goal at 5:51 of the first period.
The teams will play a second game on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Gila River Arena. Fans are invited to attend free of charge or watch a live stream at arizonacoyotes.com.