Even if it was a preseason game, and a chance for both teams to stretch their legs and knock off some off-season rust, the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings renewed an old rivalry and the match was far from friendly. In a rough and sometimes violent exhibition game the Coyotes knocked off the visiting Kings 4-2 and in the process got ready for the regular season with a lot of physical play.
“That's how (with physical play) you take the summer hockey out of players," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “There is no physical play in summer hockey. Its good to see guys get into battles. That's where you get into shape for the regular season.”
The Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first three-minutes of the opening stanza on goals by Tanner Pearson and Brandon Kozun. The Coyotes cut their lead in half after Jordan Szwarz put a rebound past Kings goalie Ben Scrivens at the 12:51 mark.
Phoenix tied it up on a power play goal by Mikkel Boedker within 90-seconds of the second period on a rebound from a Shane Doan shot.
With 2:02 left in the second Doan, scored and put the Coyotes ahead 3-2. Radim Vrbata assisted on the power play goal.