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NHL: Kings, Coyotes meander through scoreless first period

March 3, 2011 |  8:19 pm

Kings1_300 A mostly listless first period ended scoreless, as the Kings and Phoenix Coyotes look to improve their playoff positions Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Kings’ Jonathan Quick allowed six goals on 24 shots in a 7-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, earning Jonathan Bernier the start against Phoenix on Thursday. Bernier saw only one shot in the first 14 minutes and made seven saves.

The Kings had only four shots in the period.

The Kings can leapfrog the Coyotes and could slip into fifth place with a victory.

Dustin Penner, acquired from Edmonton on Monday, made his first start for the Kings. His only spotlight moment came when he whiffed on a one-timer try in the slot.

-- Chris Foster

Photo: Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell has a cut tended to by a trainer in the first period Thursday night. He would require stitches to close the cut but came back to play in the second period. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press