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NHL: Kings and Coyotes scoreless after two periods

March 3, 2011 |  9:19 pm


The Kings and Phoenix Coyotes picked up the pace in the second period, though neither team had anything to show for it as the game was scoreless entering the third period Thursday night at Staples Center.

There were few chances.

The Kings’ Jarret Stoll thought he had given the Kings the lead, chipping a puck on net -- and even raised his arms in celebration. But Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov flung his body to the left and managed to keep the game scoreless.

The only other quality chance in the period came when the Coyotes’ Keith Yandle turned the puck over deep in his own zone, putting it on the stick of Justin Williams in front of the net. But Williams shot was harmless.

Kings’ defenseman Willie Mitchell was struck in the face with the puck in the first period, opening a cut that required stitches to close. He returned to the game in the second period.

--Chris Foster

Photo: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and Coyotes right wing Mikkel Boedker look to control the airborne puck during the first period Thursday night. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press