GLENDALE — Dustin Penner scored with 49 seconds left in the third period to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in a split-squad preseason game on Wednesday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Penner's shot eluded goalie Jason LaBarbera
's glove and trickled into the net.
Trailing 2-1, the Kings responded with two third-period goals for the win.
“I didn’t like the fact that the only time we really dug in was when our emotion went up so we decided to put a little emotion in it,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "“...It’s early in camp still. We've got lots of work to do and lots of time to do it."
• Click here to watch Tippett discuss the loss.
Tyler Toffoli redirected Patrick Mullen's shot on goal with Los Angeles on the power play at 14:14 of the final period.
That came less than four minutes after captain Shane Doan
put Phoenix ahead. Doan gave Phoenix a brief lead when he converted Ray Whitney
's pass from the right face-off circle at 10:29 of the final period.
The game started with the teams trading goals just over five minutes into the game. After a scoreless second period, Doan gave Phoenix the brief lead until the L.A. comeback.
The Kings' Ethan Moreau started the scoring when he poked a backhand in behind Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith
just 1:19 into the game.
Phoenix tied the score about four minutes later.
That's when defenseman Keith Yandle
redirected a perfect centering pass from Lauri Korpikoski
into the net at 5:22.
Late in the second period, the Kings nearly broke the 1-1 tie.
On a power play, Penner's wrist shot hit the right goal post behind LaBarbera, who replaced Smith midway through the period.
• Click here to watch 'Yotes Quotes: Post-Game: Coyotes players Mike Smith
, Shane Doan
, and Keith Yandle
discuss the loss.