GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dustin Penner scored with 49 seconds left in the third period to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in a split-squad pre-season game on Wednesday night.
Penner shot eluded Jason LaBarbera’s glove and trickled into the net.
Down 2-1, the Kings responded with two third-period goals for the win.
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 it about four minutes later when defenceman Keith Yandle redirected a perfect centring pass from Lauri Korpikoski into the net at 5:22.
Late in the second period, the Kings nearly broke the 1-1 tie.
On the power play, Penner’s wrist shot hit the right goal post behind LaBarbera, who replaced Smith midway through the period.
The Kings’ combined goaltending of Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Zatkoff stopped 27 of 29 Phoenix shots.