Live Blog: Los Angeles at Phoenix - LA Kings Insider

Phoenix Coyotes 4, Los Angeles Kings 2
Final Boxscore
Attendance: 6,270

LAK scratches: G Mathias Niederberger, D Alex Roach, LW Maxim Kitsyn
LAK starters: G Ben Scrivens, D Keaton Ellerby, D Jeff Schultz, LW Dwight King, C Jarret Stoll, RW Trevor Lewis

PHX scratches: RW Dave Moss, D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, LW Lauri Korpikoski
PHX starters: G Mike Smith, D Keith Yandle, D Derek Morris, LW Mikkel Boedker, C Mike Ribeiro, RW Shane Doan

Staples Center Game Thread

Referees: Darcy Burchell, Steve Kozari
Linesmen: Jay Sharrers, Vaughan Rody

Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Colin Fraser are wearing an “A” on their jerseys tonight.

0:00 – Jarret Stoll takes the opening faceoff, and we’re underway from the desert…
0:51 – GOAL KINGS – 1-0 LA. Tanner Pearson (Brandon Kozun, Andy Andreoff). Good feed from Kozun to spring Pearson loose on a partial breakaway. Sniped high, glove-side on Mike Smith. Beauty of a shot.
2:39 – GOAL KINGS – 2-0 LA. Brandon Kozun (unassisted). Long rebound kicked out by Scrivens, neither Coyotes D able to cleanly play the puck. Kozun outhustled both in the neutral zone, skated in alone, beat Smith up high. Two goals on the first two shifts for that line.
5:52 – Kings on a 40-second 5-on-3. Delay of game penalty on Derek Morris.
7:52 – Coyotes kill off both ends of the 5-on-3. No real pristine chances for LA.
9:44 – Heavy hit by Jordan Nolan on Rusty Klesla. Klesla is down and appears badly injured. A stretcher is coming out.
10:30 – Stoppage in play. Two minutes each for Nolan, Hanzal. No replays, but judgment of the hit is secondary when a player is carted off on a stretcher.


11:45 – Nolan booed heavily as he exits the penalty box.
12:09 – Stoppage in play. Nolan weathers a hit from Hanzal; scrum involving all players on the ice ensues. No fights, but plenty of raw emotion. Penalties: Carcillo (10 minute misconduct), Nolan (2 – embellishment, 10 minute misconduct), Bissonnette (game misconduct for leaving bench), Derek Morris (2 – roughing, 10 minute misconduct), Hanzal (2 – elbowing)
12:51 – GOAL COYOTES – 2-1 LA. Jordan Szwarz (Brandon McMillan). McMillan’s shot was stopped by Scrivens; the rebound trickled behind him and Szwarz buried it from close range.
14:57 – Muzzin takes a hooking penalty.
19:07 – Kozun takes an offensive zone hooking penalty.
19:57 – Fraser takes a slashing penalty; Phoenix will have a 5-on-3 for 1:11.
Period Over

1:09 – GOAL COYOTES – 2-2. Mikkel Boedker (Shane Doan, Keith Yandle). Power play goal. Boedker battled to get a shot off a loose Doan rebound. I really liked Jeff Schultz’s stick for the 90 seconds prior. He disrupted a zone entry during the 5-on-3 and also used his long reach to get in the way of a long 5-on-3 pass by Doan.
4:45 – Zbynek Michalek caught something up high and went back to the room. Appeared to be bleeding.
7:00 – Big hit by Connor Murphy on Daniel Carcillo.
7:55 – Andreoff to Pearson on a three-on-two. Pearson’s shot from left circle kicked out by Smith. Kozun held up awaiting pass; probably the right decision to shoot. Decent scoring chance.
9:12 – Schultz off for interference.
11:26 – Two terrific saves by Scrivens. The first (and more impressive) came when he slid to his left and covered a lot of space to deny a one-timer by Max Domi. He also denied an A-minus/B-plus chance by Martin Hanzal’s wrister from the high slot. Best saves of the evening. I believe the first came on the PK.
12:14 – Henrik Samuelsson whistled for roughing. LAK back on the PP.
13:50 – Pearson found Kozun alone in front while on the PP. Pass got there; Smith denied Kozun from point blank. A-type chance. Pearson might be LA’s best forward in the desert.
15:20 – Scrivens denied a strong Lucas Lessio chance from close range.
17:58 – GOAL COYOTES – 3-2 PHX. Mikkel Boedker 2 (Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata). Didn’t see the goal while joining Nick on the radio; here are some tweets describing the action:

Period Over

0:00 – Michael Lee replaces Mike Smith in net for Phoenix. Ben Scrivens remains in net for Los Angeles.
3:00 – Mike Wilson was right. Phoenix’s third goal now credited to Doan, from Vrbata/Yandle.

4:17 – Derek Morris whistled for tripping.
5:03 – GOAL COYOTES – 4-2 PHX. Shorthanded. Three-on-one led by Max Domi was finished off when Hanzal found Yandle for a cross-crease one-timer. Tic-tac-toe. The 18-year-old Domi has impressed.
6:53 – Strong Scrivens save on a power play blast from the top of the right circle by Michalek.
15:43 – Nolan off for a slash. Phoenix back on the PP, where they’re 2-for-6.
16:30 – Circus save by Scrivens on Lessio chance from left circle. Sprawled Scrivens covers up the rebound.
18:15 – I’m heading downstairs. More to come.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.