After the 2nd period
Kings 2, Phoenix Coyotes 2
The good: The Kings still have 20 minutes to find that elusive third goal. They started out slow in the second period, producing just one shot on net the first 12 ½ minutes, but got busier in the offensive zone as the period wore on and finished with eight. Obviously, two goals in regulation will no longer win this game. Fortunately, the Kings will be on the power play the first 1:26 of the third period. They’re 0-for-1 with the man advantage so far.
The bad: It took a perfect stretch pass but the Coyotes got even. It was another former player for the Kings, forward Patrick O’Sullivan, who put a pass right on the stick of Raffi Torres as he was cutting into the offensive zone. Torres beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for his second goal of the game and sixth of the season. Both sides have been sloppy with the puck, but the Kings are leading the way with 21 giveaways.
The in between: Kings forward Mike Richards went to locker room after getting struck by the puck while trying to kill a penalty with 11:09 left in the period. Richards, the team’s leading goal scorer who recently returned from an eight-game absence due to a head injury, returned to the ice a few minutes later. That’s not the case for public-address announcer David Courtney, who went home sick, according to Kings’ officials.