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Kings beat Islanders 4-2 in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Wayne Simmonds had two goals and the Los Angeles Kings survived an unusually chippy preseason game to beat the New York Islanders 4-2 Tuesday night at the Sprint Center.

The night was supposed to be a showcase for the still-sparkling Sprint Center, which has been trying to land an NHL or NBA team since opening two years ago.

Instead, it turned into a slugfest, with more blows and beatings along the boards than goals. The game featured eight fighting penalties - New York's Brett Westgarth and Kings winger Raitis Ivanans twice in the first period - one match penalty, another 10-minute misconduct.

Teddy Purcell and Drew Doughty also scored for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick stopped 15 shots, including one from the seat of his pants in the first period.

Andy Sutton and Josh Bailey had goals for the Islanders, who had half their team - No. 1 overall draft pick John Tavares among them - in New York getting ready to play New Jersey on Wednesday.

They could have used the reinforcements.

Westgarth and Ivanans started the mayhem, squaring off twice in the game's first 12 minutes. Westgarth's older brother, Kevin, was called for a 10-minute misconduct in the second period for whipping Islanders forward Michael Haley to the ice by his jersey on a rodeo-style takedown.

Haley also had a nasty slug out with Rich Clune late in the second, then Sean O'Donnell was hit with a match penalty for pouncing on New York's Matt Martin after he slammed against the boards and ended up face down on the ice.

The feature bout in the third period was between Los Angeles' Wayne Simmonds and Martin, who wailed away for about a minute before collapsing to the ice.

It made for an interesting show in the second NHL game at Sprint Center.

The $276 million arena opened in 2007 as part of an $850 million revitalization project in Kansas City's Power & Light District.

The hope was to lure an NBA or NHL team.

So far it hasn't happened.

The Pittsburgh Penguins briefly looked at Kansas City while trying to get a new arena and the Predators had an even smaller flirtation while trying to work out a deal to stay in Nashville. The arena has done well with concerts and shows, a handful of college basketball games and tournaments, pulling in about two million visitors to the area.

That's great, but a few shows here and there doesn't provide the financial stability of an anchor tenant.

The prospects still appear murky, too.

The Islanders, because of their issues with worn-down Nassau Coliseum, could be a possibility.

Owner Charles Wang has proposed a $3.8 billion development project that would include a renovated of Nassau Coliseum. He spent part of Tuesday making his case in a final zoning hearing back in New York, and has said he would explore other options for the Islanders if the deal isn't approved by the start of the regular season on Oct. 3.

Wang raised speculation he might move the team by moving training camp near Winnipeg and scheduling a preseason game in Kansas City, two places rumored to be in the running for NHL teams.

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