LAKings.com's Jeremy Zager traveled with the Kings' rookies to Phoenix, AZ for the Los Angeles Kings - Phoenix Coyotes Rookie Tournament at Jobing.com Arena.
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This time traveling PR got to participate in the eating festivities.
Noon – Bus to Jobing.com Arena (or as I like to call it “The Office”). Everyone seems to be a lot looser today. Last night’s game ended pretty chippy, with four double-minor roughing calls in the waning seconds of the third period. Overheard some discussion on whether the trend would continue this afternoon. Stay tuned…
1:30 p.m. – Players on the ice warming up. Just got the lines for today’s game:
Scott Parse, Oscar Moller, Bud Holloway
Dwight King, Andrei Loktionov, Wayne Simmonds
Geordie Wudrick, Matt Fillier, Vladimir Dravecky
Thomas Hickey, Colten Teubert
Viatcheslav Voynov, Josh Kidd
Andrew Campbell, Drew Doughty
Jonathan Bernier, Martin Jones, Davis Drewiske, Alec Martinez, David Meckler, Olivier Legault, Justin Azevedo
2:00 p.m. – Away we go. Zatkoff starting in net for the Kings facing Phoenix’s Joel Gistedt.
2:25 pm. – End of a very quick first period, Phoenix leading 1-0 on a power-play goal by Chad Kolarik. Coyotes out-shot the Kings 11 to 7. Not much in the way of scoring opportunities for the Kings. Simmonds was out there throwing his weight around and Zatkoff steady between the pipes. Nice to see Hickey out there. He had a nice block shot in the opening period that bounced off his leg. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking of the leg injury he was just coming off of. But no worries, all was fine. (a little difficult doing the Boxscore today with no PA announcer, but ill do the best I can).
3:10 p.m. – End of a physical second period with the Coyotes now leading 2-zip. Another power-play goal, this time by Adam Perry, who connected with Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker 3:47 into the frame. Zatkoff exited the game midway through the period, stopping 12 of 14 shots. Linden Rowat will take over the rest of the way. He made a nice pad save on a hard shot from Jared Staal from the top of the slot late in the stanza. Although the Kings didn’t score, they had their chances, out-shooting Phoenix 11-10. Oscar Moller certainly made his presence felt again (He had a goal and an assist last night). Moller made some nice moves. He may not be a big guy…but has a booming shot. Remember he broke the glass with a shot last night. I could hear the scouts “oohing and ahhing.” Loktionov also made a couple nice plays in the period and was robbed on a late-period bid by Gistedt. Definitely a more physical period than the first with seven penalties being handed out. Richard Clune got into another scrap, this time with Jonas Ahnelov. Clune is definitely sending a message that he’s not afraid to stick his nose in play and drop the gloves.
3:25 p.m. – We’re about to start the third period. Boy is this game moving right along. They’re not messing around with the intermissions either. Get the Zamboni out there to do its thing and let’s drop the puck. Quick note… it looked like a little girl got hit with a puck that caromed out of play at the end of the second period. I could hear her crying from the press box (I would cry too). They took her for medical attention. I think she’s going to be ok, but if I hear anything more I’ll post an update.
3:55 p.m. – Coyotes add empty-netter (Kolarik with 31 seconds left) and shut out Kings 3-0. Los Angeles continued firing rubber on Gistedt, but just couldn’t light the lamp. LA out-shot Phoenix 14-7 in the third period and 32 to 28 for the game. Meanwhile Rowat looked very steady in net. He finished the game stopping all 13 shots he faced, including making a great glove save on Boedker, who wound up from the top of the circles with 7:12 left in the game.
5:30 p.m. – At the Phoenix airport waiting for our 8 p.m. flight back to LA…Was chatting with Dean Lombardi for a bit downstairs after the game and he seemed pretty excited about the play of Simmonds. “Everyone in the building was booing him, so that’s a good sign,” he said. Simmonds was hitting every Coyote within checking distance, mixing it up after the play. He had a couple points last night, took some penalties, got in players faces – yeah he was noticeable. Lombardi also mentioned Clune, who definitely made his presence felt. The player you hate playing against but love having on your team.
8 p.m. – Flight back to Los Angeles. I think everyone is ready to get home. It was a short trip, but very valuable for the players. A couple mentioned they were a little nervous going into it, but feel good that they got to experience playing together for REALLY the first time.
That wraps up the game portion of today’s blog. Time to get on the bus and head to the airport. I probably won’t have Internet access until we get home, so I’ll send an update later tonight.
GAME 2 BOXSCORE
First Period – Kolarik, PHX 16:07, pp.
Second Period – Perry, PHX (Turris, Boedker), 3:47 pp.
Third Period – Kolarik, PHX, 19:29, en.
First Period – Dravecky, LA (Tripping), 9:30; Porter, PHX (Hooking), 12:13; Campbell, LA (Holding), 15:49; Simmonds, LA (Elbowing), 18:27.
Second Period – Simmonds, LA (Roughing), 2:14; Johnson, PHX (Tripping), 4:20; Clune, LA (Fighting), 7:55; Ahnelov, PHX (Fighting), 7:55; Lewis, LA (Hooking), 11:53; Lewis, LA (Roughing), 15:03, Zimmerman, PHX (Roughing), 15:03.
Third Period – Fillier, LA (Roughing), 4:38; Sullivan, PHX (Roughing), 4:38; Hickey, LA (Hooking), 8:50; Stone, PHX (High-Sticking), 10:31.
Los Angeles: 0 for 3
Phoenix: 2 for 6
Los Angeles: Zatkoff (31:44), 12-14)
Rowat (27:37, 7-7)
Empty Net (0:49, 1-1)
Phoenix: Gistedt (60:00, 32-32)