GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For a team that looked nervous the night before, the Coyotes looked like a team that had been playing together a while on Wednesday afternoon.
Behind 32 saves from goaltender Joel Gistedt, the Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Jobing.com Arena to split the two-game rookie series.
Chad Kolarik had two goals for the Coyotes while amateur tryout Daine Todd added a goalfor Phoenix.
“They beat us up pretty good yesterday,” said Kolarik, who finished third in the NCAA in scoring last season. “It’s good to get that win. Today, everyone settled down and played very well.”
Kolarik’s first goal came on a power play. After he received a pretty pass from former Michigan teammate Kevin Porter, Kolarik scored past Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. Kolarik’s second goal came into an empty net with 30 seconds left in the game after receiving a pass from Viktor Tikhonov
“(Porter) and I have played together for six years and we know where each other are going to be,” said Kolarik, who graduated from Michigan after last season. “Yesterday we played well, but today we played even better.”
Todd added his first goal of the series off a nice pass from Kyle Turris, who had two assists.
But the story of the day was Gistedt. Playing his first game on an NHL ice surface, the Swedish born goaltender posted a shutout and impressed Gretzky.
“I thought he was really good,” Gretzky said. “I thought he was confident and solid. He didn’t get himself out of position and (didn’t) have to make any spectacular saves.”
Gistedt was excited to finally get a game in on an NHL ice surface.
“It was real fun to play together,” said Gistedt, who played with Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League last season. “I think we played real well in front of our net. I felt comfortable and I like the NHL ice surface. I’m just happy to get a shutout.”ROSTER UPDATE
-After the game, the team released forward Dusty Collins and defenseman Brett Motherwell from their tryout agreements. Also, defenseman Tim Billingsley was returned to Mississauga St. Michael’s of the Ontario Hockey League.
-The Coyotes released their training camp roster for the veteran's camp begining on Saturday. You can view that roster here
. Overall, 6 goaltenders, 18 defensemen, and 32 forwards will be attending the camp.