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Rank the Players: Kings Start Slow, Finish Wildly in 5-3 Loss

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A no-goal and some bad goals against defuse a third-period comeback against Arizona.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Peter Budaj’s head dropped in resignation after Jordan Martinook’s shorthanded wrist shot snuck through. Anze Kopitar’s head dropped in disappointment after the referee explained to him why Tyler Toffoli’s apparent goal wasn’t going to count. Tanner Pearson’s head dropped in annoyance after his power play goal was too late to make a difference.

That kind of night.

As always, we’ll have a recap, but this one might be a little third-period-heavy. That’s what happens when it contains six goals, a blown intent-to-blow situation, and — because what Kings-Coyotes game is complete without some stupidity? — Mike Smith butt-ending Dustin Brown in the visor with his stick. Regardless of “how,” LA maintained the NHL’s tradition of back-from-the-bye losses after two early goals and 40 quiet minutes.