Well, that was some exhibition the Kings put on during a lackluster 5-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in a split-squad game Sunday night at Staples Center. The Kings gave up a pair of first-period power-play goals to the Coyotes and never were really in their first exhibition contest since 2011. There were no exhibitions last season because of the lockout.
Meanwhile in Glendale, Ariz., the news was worse. Kings forward Jordan Nolan could face a suspension for what eyewitnesses described as a shoulder-to-chin hit to the Coyotes’ Rusty Klesla in the first period of a split-squad game at Jobing.com Arena. Klesla was taken from the ice on a stretcher.
Phoenix’s Paul Bissonnette left the bench to join an ensuing scuffle with Nolan and others and could draw an automatic 10-game suspension.
At Staples Center, Brandon Yip scored twice and had an assist for the Coyotes. He extended the Coyotes’ lead to 4-0 in the opening minutes of the third period, beating Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon with a laser from the right faceoff circle while on the rush.
Defenseman Slava Voynov scored a third-period goal for the Kings.