Final: Kings rookies fall to Coyotes rookies 5-3 (or maybe it was 7-3)

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The Kings’ rookies played host to the Arizona Coyotes’ rookies Tuesday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and fell with a thud 5-3 (or 7-3 if you include the 3-on-3 overtime exhibition that was tacked onto the end of the game). The game was more than a little scrappy and it was difficult to separate the best from the rest as the Kings tried to out-muscle the Coyotes.

Valentin Zykov, Austin Wagner and Jonny Brodzinski scored for the Kings’ rookies. Brendan Perlini, Chase Stewart, Dylan Strome, Max Domi and Ryan MacInnis scored for the Coyotes.

Zykov, a Russian right wing who was a second-round draft pick (37th overall) in 2013, was one of the Kings who stood out. Adrian Kempe, a Swedish left wing who was the Kings’ first-round pick (29th overall) in 2014, was another. Patrik Bartosak, a fifth-round pick (146th overall) in 2013 from the Czech Republic, stopped 21 of 23 shots in two periods of work before he was replaced by Nick McBride with the Kings trailing 2-1 to start the third period.

The teams play again Wednesday at 2 p.m., in El Segundo.

New hockey season, new hockey blog

We’ve changed things up here at the Los Angeles News Group by starting a new hockey blog that will be about the Kings, Ducks and the rest of the NHL, plus we’re going to add some posts about the Ontario Reign and the San Diego Gulls and the rest of the newly-created California division of the American Hockey League. Hockey continues to grow in Southern California, so it stands to reason that we should cover more of it. So, check us out. It’s a work in a progress to start. Soon we’ll have a better banner and, hey, is that actually a photo of Dustin Penner on the home page? Wow. And that mugshot of yours truly? Double wow. Well, stick will us (pun intended). It’ll get better as the days pass and by the time the season begins Oct. 7, we should be up to full speed with waaaaaay better photos. Promise.