The Los Angeles Kings had a good night last night in both of their games. Thanks to Dustin Penner's last-minute heroics, one spilt-squad won in Phoenix by a count of 3-2. Back in LA, however, it wasn't to be. It wasn't a total loss, though. After all, the Kings did tie things fairly late and forced the Coyotes to wait until the shootout to beat the home team.
In said home game, though, there was some controversy in the opening period when defenseman Thomas Hickey had a goal called back because of a Kyle Clifford interference penalty. Clifford apparently interfered with Coyotes' netminder Justin Pogge and, thus, the goal was disallowed. I emphasized "apparently" since there wasn't any interference on the part of Clifford but instead created by the Phoenix defenders.
As upset as I was with the call, it's a case of putting it behind you and moving forward. After all, it was only Los Angeles' first game of the preseason. If this were to happen in, say, December, then that's all the more reason to be livid. As unfair as the disallowed goal was, though, it's not worth flying off the handle.
Instead of getting mad, the Kings should just get even the next time they play Phoenix. I don't mean to sound vindictive at all but that's all the Kings can do as there's no use moping about what's already been. After all, the Coyotes did have to go the distance to beat Los Angeles despite getting the call in their favour.
The next pre-season game isn't until Sunday when the Kings host the Ducks so let's focus on that game and as far as everything went last night, they were two good outings to start the pre-season so let's just leave it at that.