Phoenix Coyotes 6, Kings 3
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings matched their season-high goals-against total in just 1 ½ periods, earning goalkeeper Jonathan Quick a seat on the bench in favor of back-up Jonathan Bernier.
THE STAT: The six goals allowed also matched a career-high by Quick, who came in with three shutouts in his last six games and a 1.86 goals-against average, second-best in the NHL. The only other time Quick allowed six goals was in a 6-3 loss to the Coyotes in last season’s opener at Staples Center. Quick said earlier this season that he didn’t like playing at Jobing.com Arena because of the sparse crowds and low energy. It showed.
TURNING POINT: Both teams combined for seven goals on just 21 shots in the opening period, with Phoenix taking a 4-3 lead into the second. The next goal would be crucial and that ended up going to the Coyotes. Shane Doan sent a one-timer from the left point and it sailed through traffic and into the net for a 5-3 lead at the 6:11 mark.
HOT: Doan has been a King killer in his 15-year career and that was the case Wednesday night as he tallied two goals, giving him 28 goals and 64 points in 77 career regular-season games against Los Angeles.
NOT: Take your pick. Quick wasn’t as bad as the score would indicate. Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson certainly did not play like a No. 1 pairing, Matt Greene looked slow and Michal Handzus, usually so reliable on the defensive end, was nowhere to be seen. The only rainbow in the storm is the Kings can quickly get back on track with a win Thursday against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.
GOOD MOVE: The Coyotes recalled Brett MacLean from the AHL before the game and he didn’t waste any time scoring his first NHL goal, converting on a power play in the opening period to give Phoenix a 4-2 lead.
BAD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray waited too long to pull Quick. He probably should have yanked him out after the first period, but definitely after the fifth goal.
NOTABLE: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary has been the House of Horrors for the Kings in recent years, but Jobing.com Arena is quickly becoming the Point of no Return. The Kings have now lost three straight in Phoenix by a combined score of 16-8.
UP NEXT: Thursday vs. the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.