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Coyotes Beat Kings in Second Game Of Two Rookie Games

Arizona goalie Adin Hill stopped 26 of 27 shots

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Conor Garland postgame thoughts

Conor Garland on second Rookie Game vs. Kings

Conor Garland talks about the second Rookie Game against the Kings

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GLENDALE - The Coyotes rookies beat the Los Angeles Kings rookies, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Gila River Arena.

Michael Bunting and Conor Garland scored power-play goals less than six minutes apart in the second period for the Coyotes, who earned a split of the annual two-game series with the Kings. Los Angeles beat Arizona, 3-1, on Tuesday night.

Quentin Shore scored for Los Angeles at 15:38 of the first period, but Coyotes goalie Adin Hill did not allow another goal the rest of the way. He finished with 26 saves.

"Overall it was a good game," Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said. "I thought Adin was excellent, very calm, poised. He makes saves look easy. I thought he calmed down the whole group and I thought our defense for this game was much better (than Tuesday)."

Hill made several key saves during a penalty kill midway through the third period. Later, he got some key help from defenseman Kyle Capobianco who broke up a three-on-one rush with some nifty stick work.

"I felt like I controlled my rebounds pretty well and had a solid game," Hill said. "The team played really well in front of me, which helped me out a lot." 

Garland scored the game-winning goal at 12:44 of the second period.

"I thought we had a better effort tonight," Garland said. "We obviously moved our feet and drew some penalties and were able to capitalize on both chances. We had our legs under us tonight and used our speed to our advantage."

Chayka liked what he saw from defenseman Jakob Chychrun, the 16th overall pick in this year's NHL Draft who did not play on Tuesday. He also thought center Ryan MacInnis, who played in both games, made a huge impact.

"The guy that stood out for me the past two games was Ryan MacInnis," Chayka said. "I thought he was our best player and I thought he made plays. He was confident and he played with an edge. He worked hard."

After the game, Chayka said five players who attended rookie camp on NHL amateur tryouts would stay for main camp, which opens Friday. They are goalie Austin Lotz, defensemen Jalen Smereck, Olivier LeBlanc and MacKenzie Braid, and forward Lane Pedersen.

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