Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Earn Split In Split-Squad Pre-Season Series

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings opened the 2009-10 pre-season schedule by earning a split in their split-squad series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

At Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Wayne Simmonds scored two goals for the Kings, but that was not enough as the Coyotes handed the Kings a 4-2 loss.

Erik Ersberg got the start in goal for the Kings, allowing two goals on sixteen shots in 40:00 of ice time.

Jeff Zatkoff started the third period for the Kings, allowing two goals on fourteen shots.

Ilya Bryzgalov went all the way in goal for the Coyotes, allowing two goals on fourteen shots.

At Staples Center in Los Angeles, defenseman Jack Johnson scored two goals and added an assist while Teddy Purcell and Justin Williams each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Coyotes,

Mikkel Boedker, Keith Yandle and Peter Mueller scored for the Coyotes.

Johnson’s second goal at 11:06 of the third period drew oohs and ahhs from the crowd as he took a lead pass at the Kings’ blue line from defensive partner Rob Scuderi. Johnson carried the puck through center ice, splitting two Coyotes’ defenders at the Phoenix blue line. He them moved in on Coyotes goalie Al Montoya, deked in front and then lifted a backhand top shelf, beating Montoya over his left shoulder for a spectacular, highlight reel goal while the Kings were shorthanded.

Also notable was the play of Purcell, who consistently won physical battles in the corners and along the boards, something he was generally unable to do last season. It was a big improvement for Purcell, so much so that Kings head coach Terry Murray said it was the best game that Purcell has played for him.

Jonathan Bernier was solid in goal despite allowing three goals. The first Coyotes goal came on a very good play by the Coyotes behind the Kings’ net and a great shot by Boedker near the end of the first period.

The second Coyotes goal was a point shot that deflected in off of Scuderi in the slot in the second period, while the third Phoenix goal was the result of a miscommunication between Bernier and Kings defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey in front of the net in the third period.

Post-Game Audio Interviews

Jack Johnson

Justin Williams

Terry Murray

Jonathan Bernier

Teddy Purcell

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