The Los Angeles continued to dominate the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night with an exciting 3-2 overtime victory at Staples Center.
“I think some of the guys that hadn’t played for a while were sluggish, but [we] found a way,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. “We had two five-on-threes last night, and I think they had the one tonight, and they scored sort of on the deflection-bounce. It’s pre-season.”
The forward line of Jordan Weal, Andy Andreoff and Brian O’Neill, and the line of Nick Shore, Michael Mersch and Justin Auger, were extremely effective for the Kings. Mersch managed to tie the game as he scored Los Angeles’ first goal.
Brian O’Neill scooped up the rebound and scored giving the Kings a 2-1 advantage over Arizona in the 2nd period.
Anze Kopitar at center, with Marian Gaborik on one wing and newly acquired Milan Lucic on the other wing saw time on the ice,however the young guns were able to shine and showcase their skill set. Now that the Ontario Reign are apart of the realigned AHL division, fans will be able to see these rising stars closer to home.
In the three-on-three overtime format Weal, knocked in the game winning goal with newly signed defenseman Christian Ehroff on the assist.
“Well it was a great play by [O’Neill] to get the zone there and turn up,” Weal said of his goal. “I thought I could just get in there for support and it worked its way up to Ehrhoff there at the point, who made a great shot, and lucky it found my stick and the back of the net, as well.”
Weal made a great case to have an opportunity to join the Kings this season. “I’m just taking it day by day and, like I said, try and improve on every facet of my game day in and day out. If I do that, that will probably give me the best chance of making the team.”
The Kings coaching staff are searching for backup goalie as Jhonas Enroth and Peter Budaj split time. Both Enroth and Budaj each gave up a goal. With Martin Jones who departed for San Jose, the backup goalie position is now open.
“In a weird way, it’s about everything not really feeling good. Kind of once you get going, you don’t realize the nicks, the bruises and the bangs. Your body just kind of gets used to it. In these first couple games, you feel everything,” Dustin Brown said after his first preseason game. “A lot of these games are just timing and getting your body to where it can take the wear and tear and the bumps. Because no matter how hard you train in the offseason, or intrasquad, or practicing hard, there’s nothing like getting leaned on for 60 minutes.
The Kings outscored the Coyotes 9-3, and are currently undefeated in the preseason.
Los Angeles will face the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday September 29th at Staples Center.