LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes opened their 2014-15 pre-season schedule by splitting shootout victories in split-squad games at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Mike Richards scored two goals, Tanner Pearson scored a goal and added an assist, and Nic Dowd scored a goal for the Kings in Glendale, but that was not enough as the Coyotes got two goals from Martin Hanzal and goals from Henrik Samuelsson, and Sam Gagner, along with the shootout game-winner by Samuelsson, giving the Coyotes a 5-4 win.
Mike Smith went all the way in goal for the Coyotes, stopping 29 shots while Jean-Francois Berube got the start for the Kings (15 saves). Patrik Bartosak played the final 35:33 of the game, stopping 18 shots.
In Los Angeles, Marian Gaborik scored two goals, Andy Andreoff scored a goal, and Anze Kopitar contributed two assists. But the Coyotes got third period goals from Justin Hodgman, Philip Lane and Michael Stone to tie the game.
Nick Shore scored the shootout game-winner to give the Kings a 4-3 win.
Martin Jones got the start in goal for the Kings, and was barely tested, stopping nine shots in 31:33 of work. Jeff Deslauriers, who is with the Kings on a tryout basis, played a shaky final 33:37, making 14 saves.
Devan Dubnyk went all the way in goal for the Coyotes, stopping 23 shots.
You can listen to post-game interviews with Matt Greene, Nick Shore and Marian Gaborik from the Kings dressing room at Staples Center below.
Raw Audio Interviews
(Extraneous material and dead air have been removed; click on the arrow to listen):
Matt Greene (0:33)
Nick Shore (1:26)
Marian Gaborik (2:38)
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