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Arizona Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings Recap: It Starts With One

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With the first game under the Coyotes belt (4-1 in LA), the future doesn't look like it's too far away.

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The Coyotes rough up the Kings with a score of 4-1 in LA. Let's see how it shook out.

Game Summary

First Period

AZ Goal @2:00: Who had Zbynek Michalek for first goal of the season? A floater over Jonathan Quick’s left shoulder. Assist Tobias Rieder 1-0.

AZ Goal @19:12: Oliver Ekman-Larsson wrist shot assisted by Max Domi (First NHL Point) and Martin Hanzal 2-0, Just as the powerplay expired. Even strength.

Solid play in the first period from Defenders and Goalie Mike Smith.

Second Period

AZ Goal @ 4:43: Max Domi snap shot (first NHL goal) from Connor Murphy 3-0. Beautiful goal for his first for sure.

AZ Goal @ 6:35: Tobias Rieder snap shot from Anthony Duclair (first Coyote point) and Martin Hanzal 4-0. A quick goal that Quick didn't see coming.

LA Goal @ 19:03: Tyler Toffoli wrist shot from Jeff Carter short handed 4-1. Breakdown at the blue line. Obvious that the Coyotes do not have two defenders on the points.

A solid road game in the 2nd period. The short-handed goal started with an amazing save, ending in a goal in the back of the net.

Third Period

Lots of back and forth in the third period, but Mike Smith stood tall and the team was able to not take the Kings bait for trying to fight.

Overall for the first game of the season, you see the chemistry starting to show with some of the new and younger players on the team.

Paw Prints:

SOG

Arizona Coyotes: 22

Los Angeles Kings: 41

Face Off Percentage

Arizona Coyotes: 47%

Los Angeles Kings: 53%

The Kings Prospective: Jewels From The Crown

Three Stars of the Game

1. Mike Smith: 40 Saves on 41 shots. .973%. Very solid all night.

2. Max Domi: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 SOG, 14:22 of Ice time in first NHL game. Very impressive first game. (Still more Points than Connor McDavid)

3. Tobias Rieder: 1 goal, 1 Assist, 2 shots, 15:06 of ice time. Continuing to show that last year was not a fluke.

Looking ahead:

10/10/15, 7:00pm, Pittsburgh Penguins at Gila River Arena (Home Opener)