Kings after one: Coyotes 2, Kings 0
The Coyotes scored twice in the first seven minutes, 24 seconds at a sadly near-empty Jobing.com Arena.
Following a scramble in the Kings’ end, Lee Stempniak deflected Ed Jovanovski’s point shot past a screened Jonathan Quick at 4:30. And at 7:24 Stempniak had no trouble eluding Kigns defenseman Jack Johnson to sink the rebound of a shot by Taylor Pyatt.
Without defenseman Drew Doughty, Kings Coach Terry Murray inserted Peter Harrold into the lineup and used him in several combinations.
He sometimes played alongside Davis Drewiske and sometimes teamed with Willie Mitchell as Murray tried to spread out the heavy burden usually carried by Doughty.
The best news for the Kings on a day and in a game that was light on good news is that their penalty killers continued to be effective. Phoenix had two power plays in the first period and the Kings killed off both disadvantages. They’ve allowed opponents to score only two power-play goals in the 25 times they’ve been short this season. The Coyotes had a 16-7 edge in shots in the first period.
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Helene Elliott in Glendale, Ariz.