It’s game day! The Kings host the Coyotes in one of two split-squad games this evening. Jon traveled with the team to Arizona and I will have the game tonight at Staples Center.
Los Angeles Kings 3, Arizona Coyotes 4/strong>
SOG: LAK – 40; ARI – 25
PP: LAK – 2/7; ARI – 1/2
20:00: Third period has begun. Kuemper still in net for Arizona, Petersen continues for the Kings.
17:58: Austin Wagner is fast. Weaved from his own end through nearly the entire Arizona team but just got it pokoed off his stick as he breezed through the circle. Nice individual effort.
15:18: Kings Goal* – Doughty sends a shot through traffic, primarily a high screen from Iafallo for the tying goal. Reddekopp and Iafallo get the helpers on the play.
14:37: Coyotes Goal – The tie is short lived. Nate Schnarr gives Arizona back its advantage less than a minute after LA tied the game.
14:23: Here’s the action…..Iafallo nearly ties it but he can’t get his effort at the back post through a crowd.
10:54: Kings will get a power play midway through the third as Richardson sits for slashing. Media timeout as well so the top unit will come right back out.
10:26: And now it’s a 5-on-3 as Archibald’s clear goes into the stands. Will be 92 seconds of a two-man advantage for the Kings.
10:00: Anddddd another. Connauton sits for hooking. Kings will have a very extended 5-on-3.
8:55: Kings Goal – There’s the tie. Kopitar goes across the crease to Brown, who slams it home for the tying tally. Had been looking for that exact play a few times before converting. 3-3. Kings also take their timeout to rest that unit with power-play time still remaining.
4:10: The Kings get a sequence of chances but it somehow stays out – Best opportunity was a follow-up to Kempe, who couldn’t sneak his shot through.
2:35: Another near goal for LA – Kopitar collects right on top of Kuemper but he can’t get the backhanded effort past his former teammate. Still 3-3, Kings now up to 40 shots.
1:18: Coyotes Goal – Against the run of play, Arizona re-gains the lead. Crouse beats Petersen from the right-hand circle and the visitors lead 4-3.
0:52: Petersen on the bench for the extra attacker, 6-on-5 for the Kings
0:00: That concludes tonight’s game. Arizona takes this one 4-3 and sweeps the split-squad series against the Kings.
*Updated to reflect Doughty scoring LAK goal, not Iafallo*
20:00: Second period is underway, Kings and Coyotes tied at one.
18:28: Coyotes Goal – Arizona re-takes its one-goal lead at Conor Garland taps in at the back post. Really slick play by Perlini on the assist as he batted the puck out of mid-air to Garland. 2-1 Arizona.
17:55: Los Angeles back to the power play for the fourth time this evening – Dysin Mayo to the box for holding.
15:55: Back to even strength. Kings get a bit of zone time but weren’t really able to get the PP set up. Now 1-4 on the evening.
15:40: Kings now head to the PK as Wagner sits for tripping. Lots of special teams action thus far, now the sixth power play between the two teams 25 minutes in.
13:35: Nice opportunity from the Kings off of the kill. Kopitar springs Wagner down the left wing and Wagner uses his speed but is bodied away by Kuemper as he tried to round the net. Interesting move by the Arizona tender but effective.
11:13: Kings dodge a bullet as Quick recovers to make a fantastic paddle save after a turnover right in front of his net. Honestly looked like the entire net was gaping, really nice save to keep it a 2-1 game.
9:54: Jonathan Quick’s night comes to a close as Cal Petersen enters for his first action of the preseason. The 23-year-old netminder spent last season with Ontario and was an AHL All-Star as a rookie.
4:31: Petersen with a couple of routine yet solid stops since he entered the game. Kopitar gets a decent look from the slot but it’s contested and Kuemper makes the save.
0:00: Second period comes to a close. Kings hold a 26-18 lead in shots (shots were 10-10 in the second) but Arizona takes a one-goal lead into the third.
20:00 – And…….we’re off!
16:43 – The game’s first penalty as Reddekopp, who drew the start tonight alongside Drew Doughty, heads to the penalty box for high-sticking. Anderson-Dolan, Lewis, Muzzin, Martinez to begin the kill for the Kings.
15:40 – Coyotes Goal – Arizona controls the puck in the offensive end for most of the man advantage and Perlini converts from the left side. 1-0 for the visitors early.
12:28 – Now it’s Arizona’s #82, Jordan Oesterle, that heads to the box. Kings will get their first power play of the game. Kovalchuk mans the left point alongside Doughty. Brown-Kopitar-Lewis up front.
9:39 – No dice on the first power play – Kovalchuk had a pair of one-timers from the left point, one that was stopped by Kuemper, one that was blocked – but now Schnarr heads to the box for Arizona and LA returns to the man advantage.
6:02 – Take 3! The Kings head back to the power play after the Luff-Anderson-Dolan-Wagner line controlled the puck in the offensive end. Cousins sits for holding and LA will get its third crack on the PP.
4:46 – Kings Goal – Alex Iafallo, stationed behind the net, fed a crashing Martinez from the left point and his wrist shot beats Kuemper from close range. We’re tied at one.
0:00 – First period comes to a close tied at one. After Arizona jumped out to a 5-2 lead in shots on goal, the Kings had 14 of the next 17 shots on net to double up the visitors at the break.
Kovalchuk – Kopitar – Brown
Iafallo – Kempe – Rempal
Wagner – Anderson-Dolan – Luff
Devane – Thomas – Lewis
Reddekopp – Doughty
Lintuniemi – Martinez
Muzzin – Roy
Coyotes Lineup – The Road Side
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) September 18, 2018
– Referees are #14 Trevor Hanson and #49 Reid Anderson. Linesmen are #58 Ryan Gibbons and #97 Kory Nagy.
– Kopitar wears his usual “C” tonight while Doughty and Brown will wear the “A”
– For Arizona, Richardson, Cousins and Connauton have an “A” on their sweater.