Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Samuelsson, Domi Lead Coyotes Past Kings

Prospects Henrik Samuelsson and Max Domi scored in the shootout to lead the Arizona Coyotes past the Los Angeles Kings, 5-4, in a preseason game at Gila River Arena on Monday night.

Samuelsson had a goal and two assists in regulation; Martin Hanzal had two goals and an assist and Domi had three assists.

The Coyotes trailed, 3-1, after one period but scored the next three goals. LA's Mike Richards knotted the score at 4 with a power-play goal at 14:15 of the third period.

Samuelsson and Domi were the only two shooters in the shootout for Arizona, and goalie Mike Smith, who finished with 29 saves, stopped both shots he faced.

"It was a big win," said Domi, the team's first-round draft pick in 2013. "We came out a little sluggish but we rallied back and the whole team worked hard every shift and did the little things right, so it was a good game and great team effort overall."

Domi said he suspected he'd be asked to shoot in the shootout after Head Coach Dave Tippett sent Samuelsson to shoot first.

"I think I almost toe-picked on the way in," Domi said.

Samuelsson, also a first-round draft pick (2012), liked the chemistry he felt playing on a line with Hanzal and Domi.

"They’re both pretty easy players to play with, so I just tried to make myself open and it seemed to work," Samuelsson said.

Sam Gagner also scored for Arizona.

"I thought obviously Domi and Samuelsson (played well) because they were on the scoreboard, but I thought Tobias Rieder was pretty good and I thought (Tyler) Gaudet was real solid in his role," Tippett said. "(Jordan) Szwarz did a good job for us, so those players like that, that I was watching a lot closer tonight, we had real strong efforts out of a lot of them."

He added, "Gaudet is a good example of that where he’s a strong checking center. He’s a guy that you don’t notice a lot of things out there, but if you had an overhead camera and you said ‘hey this is what you expect from your center man, this is where he’s supposed to be,’ he’s in that spot a lot of times."

Richards scored two goals and Tanner Pearson had a goal and two assists for Los Angeles. Patrik Bartosak stopped 18 of 21 shots; Jean-Francois Berube made 15 saves.

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