Game 2 (1-0-1)
The Los Angeles Kings weren't lucky at home tonight than they were on the road. Despite a hard-fought effort, they came up short losing to Phoenix 2-1 in the shootout.
Phoenix' Ethan Werek opened the scoring for the Coyotes at the 8:21 mark of the first. Then, David Boedker of the Coyotes received a game misconduct for a boarding infraction on Kings' defenseman Jake Muzzin. Luckily, Muzzin was able to skate back to the bench under his own strength. The period, though, would not end before some controversy when a Thomas Hickey goal was disallowed thanks to Kyle Clifford's supposed interference of the Phoenix netminder.
The Kings were resilient, though, and tied the game in the second as defenseman Slava Voynov got his team on the board at 5:53 of the second. The score remained status quo until the shootout.
To start the third, Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick was relieved in favour of Martin Jones and Phoenix' Justin Pogge was taken out in favour of Louis Domingue.
In the shootout, Dustin Brown and Phoenix's Andy Miele traded goals and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored to win the game for the Coyotes.
Aside from that final goal he allowed, Martin Jones played well in the Kings' net as he stopped all nine shots he faced.
Aside from Voynov's first as a King, Mike Richards picked up his first point as a King by assisting on said goal. Captain Dustin Brown led the way with six shots while Trent Hunter and Andrei Loktionov each registered four.
So, the Kings pick up a three out of a possible four points tonight. They now have a few days before their next game when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, September 25.