PERIOD-BY-PERIOD RECAP Pre-game
The Coyotes will be playing with 11 forwards this afternoon. Dusty Collins left last night's game with a pulled groin and will not be playing today.
The Los Angeles Kings are skating 21 players for today's game. 2007 first-round draft pick Thomas Hickey will be playing today along with 2006 first-round draft pick Trevor Lewis.
Coyotes goaltender Joel Gistedt will get the start while Kings netminder Jeff Zatkoff will be in between the pipes.1st period
The game is underway. Phoenix controlled most of the play in the first several minutes producing three chances. Los Angeles responded tallying the next four shots, but no goals to account for. Kings forward Vladimir Dravecky took the first penalty of the game with a tripping call at the 9:30 mark. The Coyotes mustered a couple shots, but to no avail. The Coyotes took the next penalty when Kevin Porter was whistled for holding at 12:13. The Kings would create three scoring chances on the power play, but couldn't get anything past Gistedt.
The Kings took the next penalty of the game when Andrew Campbell took a holding call. The Coyotes responded. After holding his spot along the end boards, Kevin Porter found Chad Kolarik, who nailed it into the empty net for a 1-0 nothing Phoenix lead. Kyle Turris collected the secondary assist.
Los Angeles remained undisciplined. Wayne Simmonds took an elbowing penalty with 1:33 remaining in the period. The Coyotes created one shot before the final horn sounded. Phoenix will start the second period with the man advantage. 2nd period
The Coyotes couldn't muster any more shots on the power play before elapsing. The Kings continued to play physical. Simmonds completed a big body check on Porter. The Michigan graduate got his revenge. Porter nailed Simmonds along the back boards, but Simmonds landed a rabbit punch after to earn a two-minute minor for roughing. The Coyotes added another goal on the power play. Daine Todd finished a rebound off a Kyle Turris shot to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead.
The Coyotes took the next penalty when Tyler Johnson received a holding call. The Kings almost cut the lead when Oscar Moller rang one off the post, but to no avail. The Kings nailed the post again when Josh Kidd ringed the outside of the post. The Kings had no official shots on the power play, but several strong chances.
Richard Clune and Jonas Ahnelov
dropped the gloves at 7:55. Both players landed a couple shots, but it ended up being a wrestling match with Ahnelov taking down the smaller Clune.
Kings Trevor Lewis took a hooking penalty behind the L.A. net on Kolarik to put the Coyotes on the power play. Phoenix wouldn't generate a shot with the man advantage.
Phoenix got another opportunity on a developing three-on-two. Turris dropped it off to Jared Staal, who would put in on net. The rebound jumped over a streaking Turris, who had an empty net available. The Coyotes got a couple opportunities before the end of the period, but Linden Rowat made a couple great saves to keep the game at 2-0 going into the second intermission. 3rd period
Gistedt is playing strong for the Coyotes turning away all Kings shots so far. Los Angeles started the period firing everything at the net, but nothing has made it past the Swedish goaltender.
Kings defenseman Thomas Hickey received a penalty for hooking. The Coyotes went with five forwards in the first part of the power play before it was negated by a Michael Stone
high sticking penalty. Los Angeles had a few opportunities, but Gistedt turned away all shots including a goal-mouth scramble.
The Kings made a late charge, throwing pucks from every angle at Gistedt, but nothing made it in the net. With 30 seconds left, Kolarik took a pass from Viktor Tikhonov
and put the puck into the empty net for his second tally of the game. The final horn sounded and the Coyotes celebrated a 3-0 victory.