Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Split Their Split-Squad Exhibition Openers Against Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings earned a split in their split-squad, pre-season openers against the Phoenix Coyotes with a 3-2 win at Arena in Glendale, Arizona, and a 2-1 shootout loss at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In Glendale, Tyler Toffoli scored a goal and added an assist, Trevor Lewis contributed three assists, and Dustin Penner scored the game-winning goal at 19:11 of the third period to lead the Kings to the win.

Ethan Moreau also scored for the Kings. Keith Yandle and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes.

Jonathan Bernier got the start in goal, allowing a goal on 18 shots in the first and second periods. Jeff Zatkoff played in the third period, allowing a goal on nine shots.

Mike Smith started in goal for the Coyotes, allowing one goal on nine shots through two periods. Jason LaBarbera played in the third period, allowing two goals on twenty shots.

At Staples Center, Ethan Werek scored in the first period to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead, only to see the Kings tie the game on a power play goal by Viatcheslav Voynov at 5:53 of the second period.

With no scoring in the third period or in overtime, the game went to a shootout, where Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the shootout game-winner for the Coyotes.

Jonathan Quick started in goal for the Kings, allowing a goal on 13 shots. Martin Jones played in the third period, stopping all nine shots he faced.

Justin Pogge got the start in goal for the Coyotes, allowing one goal on 28 shots. Louis Domingue played in the third period, stopping twelve shots.

Prior to the game, the Kings announced their first training camp roster cuts:

Released from Professional Tryout Agreement
Ray Macias – D
C.J. Stretch – C
J.D. Watt – RW

Re-assigned to Junior Team
Taylor Carnevale – C
Pierre Durepos – D
Michael Schumacher – LW
Christopher Gibson – G
Michael Kantor – RW
Michael Morrison – G
Jordan Weal – C

Released from Camp
Teigan Zahn – D

The Kings have 54 players remaining on their 2011 Training Camp roster.

Raw audio interviews from Coyotes vs. Kings at Staples Center

(Extraneous material and dead air have been removed)

Dustin Brown (5:12)

Terry Murray 7:20)


  • Prior to the game, the Kings honored the NHL players lost this past summer in an NHL-produced video that was followed by showing a photo of former Kings forward Pavol Demitra, who perished in the Russian plane crash that killed the members of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League, and an moment of silence.
  • The Kings also honored the late Jonathan Moncrief, who covered the team for and Inside Sports, by listing him on their press box seating chart and by reserving his usual seat in the Bob Miller Press Box at Staples Center.

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