Monday was a big night for the King family. Dwight King
, who at the last minute was added to the roster for the Kings vs. St. Louis Blues in Kansas City after the Marc-Andre Cliche
injury, not only made his NHL debut but skated in the same game as his brother, D.J. King. Dwight King
, a 6-3, 218-pound center whom the Kings selected with the 109th selection of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, went scoreless vs. St. Louis. His older brother DJ, was selected in he 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 190th overall, has scored 4-4=8 with 152 PIM in 88 games with the St. Louis Blues.
Speaking of D.J. King, in Kansas City, King dropped the gloves with Kings enforcer in waiting Kevin Westgarth during the third period of the Kings 2-1 win over St. Louis...Meanwhile at STAPLES, the Kings and Coyotes combined for 42 PIM in the first period. Rich Clune (6-0, 195) dropped the gloves with Todd Fedoruk (6-2, 240) less than three minutes into the first period, one of two fighting majors he picked up in the opening stanza. Clune, who fought teammate Drew Bagnall during a scrimmage on the first day of training camp, picked up 26 minutes PIMs during the Kings-Coyotes rookie tournament last week and was rough with Coyotes Über prospect Kyle Turris.
Ten minutes later, Clune fought Garth Murray.
Raitis Ivanans also picked up a fighting major, dropping the gloves with 'Yotes agitator Adam Keefe.
"There was a lot of people that were involved in the physical side of things," Terry Murray said after the game. "That brings the team in when you get big hits when you get a couple of fights in there. I liked that a lot."
UPDATE ON CLICHE
Marc-Andre Cliche is out indefinitely due to a dislocated left shoulder - suffered Sunday at Toyota Sports Center during a special teams scrimmage.
ARMY TALLYS TWO
Derek Armstrong tallied two goals. He did not have a multiple goal game all of last season.
"As a veteran guy, experienced guy, I think that we need the experience," Murray said of Armstrong. "We are going to have several young guys and when you can have a player who is able to play in all situations, he is important."
THE YOUNG GUYS SHINE
Brian Boyle tallied a power-play goal, David Meckler tallied two - including an empty net goal - and Wayne Simmonds and Davis Drewiske tallied goals, but it was Oscar Moller who shined as the No. 1 star on Monday night, picking up two assists and scoring the game-winning goal in the Kings' 6-4 win over Phoenix.
"Oscar Moller was playing like an NHL Player at 18, 19 years old. He is the one guy that has absorbed, as far as a young player, absorbed so much information since the start of camp," Murray said.
"I was really pleased with his performance tonight.”
- Moller finished with three points (1g, 2a).
- Armstrong and Meckler had two goals.
- Boyle each had one goal and one assist.
- The Kings also won in Kansas City tonight, defeating the St. Louis Blues 2-1, the Kings first game in KC since 1976. Los Angeles is 4-0-0 in regular season play and are 1-0-0 now in preseason play at Kansas City.
- The Kings have not had a losing record in the preseason since 1988. Since then they have posted a winning record 18 straight years and are 145-118-43 in 42 preseasons.
- The Kings’ next two preseason games are against the Avalanche: Wednesday in Denver and Saturday in Las Vegas (MGM Grand).
- With the roster moves made today, the Kings now have 56 players in training camp.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap) “I take a lot of good things out of this game. There was a lot of good execution. We had our moments when it wasn’t quite where we’d like it to be but with it being the first game, I thought it was good. The effort, the intensity, the compete was very good. I was very happy about that. There were a lot of people that were very good. I was very happy about that. There were a lot of people that were involved in the physical side of it and that brings the whole team in whenever you get big hits and a couple of fights in there. I like that part a lot.”
(Re: defense) “I thought there was a very conscious effort on the defensive part of the game and in all the zones. Our neutral zone, when it came down to crunch time was excellent. I thought our positioning the whole lines were very good. Then right back into our own end, we had some good things happening with coming back into the home plate area. Pucks were on the outside of the dots and that’s something that we’ve talked about as far as being an okay play. Let it happen out there but make sure that the front of the net is protected.”
KINGS FORWARD OSCAR MOLLER:
(Re: game recap) “It was pretty exciting. I didn’t really know what to expect when I came out there, but I just started playing my game and it turned out pretty good.”
(Re: playing in NHL) “Well you’re playing against men now, not playing against boys and kids. So the speed is higher and they’re stronger, so I got to keep my head up and be strong out there.”
(Re: Training Camp) “Yeah I'm satisfied with it. I guess it’s been going pretty good. Were working hard and we’re working on the new system here with the new coaching staff and it feels pretty good.”
COYOTES HEAD COACH WAYNE GRETZKY:
(Re: game recap) “We did a lot of good things coming out of the gate. Winning and losing isn’t the thing here that we are concerned about in exhibition. Really, you want to work on different parts of your game, what you want to establish as a team, your conscious work ethic as individuals. I thought we did a lot of really good things. I was really happy the way our guys stood up for each other. Our guys battled, as did the players. Our young guys stepped up and some of the young guys had really good games. I was really proud of the overall picture.”
COYOTES KYLE TURRIS:
(Re: game recap) “It was rough in the beginning, we kind of settled down and got faster as the game went on and it was a lot of fun going back and forth.”
“You want to win every game…preseason, regular season. In the preseason you want to set the tone going into the season. It’s important and everybody wanted to win and we battled back in the second period and it was tied going into the third and they got a bounce there.”