EL SEGUNDO, CA - Scoring two first period goals wasn't enough for the Los Angeles Kings as they lost, 4-2, to the Phoenix Coyotes during Day 4 of the Fourth Annual Pacific Division Shootout at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Monday night. With the win, the Coyotes improved to 3-0-0 in the tournament while the Kings record dropped to 2-1-0.
The same two teams will meet on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the championship series. If the Coyotes win Game 2, they win the tournament. If the Kings win Game 2, they'll immediately force a 10-minute mini-game that will decide the series.
Three of the four Coyotes' goals on Monday night came with a power play advantage. Phoenix's Kyle Wilson led both teams with two goals and his short-handed goal midway through the third period provided the icing on the cake for the Coyotes, who erased a two-goal first period deficit. Eric Werner and John Zeiler had goals for the Kings. With his goal, Werner took over the scoring lead in the tournament with six points (3-3=6).
Goaltender Pier-Olivier Pelletier earned the win for the Coyotes, stopping 13 shots in 60 minutes of work. Kings goaltender Daniel Taylor had 26 saves.
Game 2 of the championship series is set to begin on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center.