Kings 4, Coyotes 0
#3 vs. #8
Los Angeles leads series, 2-0
By Dan Rosen | NHL.com
GLENDALE – The NHL's playoff road warriors are heading home with a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals.
The Los Angeles Kings tied three NHL records -- and more importantly got themselves halfway to the Stanley Cup Final -- with a 4-0 win on Tuesday in Game 2 at Jobing.com Arena. The Kings lead the series 2-0 with Game 3 set for Thursday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jeff Carter, who had only one goal in the previous 10 playoff games, became the first Kings player since Wayne Gretzky in 1993 to score a hat trick in a playoff game. Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for his second shutout of the postseason and Los Angeles ran its streak of successful penalty kills to 28 with four more.
"We really want it right now," forward Dustin Penner said. "We want the first goal. We want the next goal. It's that intensity and that passion that drives us. It's that good type of fear that stops you from letting games get away from you and continues to push you forward. We use that fear of losing to motivate us as opposed to shrinking to it."
The Kings won seven straight road games in these playoffs, tying a record last matched by the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks. Their 7-0 road record to start the playoffs ties a record set by the 1999 Colorado Avalanche. They've won nine straight on the road dating to last spring. That ties the record for most road wins spanning consecutive postseasons, previously done by the Islanders in 1982 and 1983.
The 2010 Blackhawks, 1982 Islanders and 1983 Islanders have the same thing in common -- they all won the Stanley Cup. The 2012 Kings are two wins away from giving themselves the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup against either the New Jersey Devils or New York Rangers.
The Coyotes had to play the final 23:31 without captain Shane Doan and the last 8:59 without center Martin Hanzal. Both were given five-minute majors for boarding and game misconducts.
Doan was tossed 16:29 into the second after crunching Trevor Lewis into the boards near the right corner, leading to a five-on-three goal for the Kings. Hanzal was sent off at 11:01 of the third period after hitting Kings captain Dustin Brown between the numbers roughly three feet from the end boards in the defensive zone. Brown stayed down for a few moments, but he stayed in the game after getting some assistance on his way to the bench during a TV timeout.
The Coyotes were called for 13 penalties totaling 56 minutes. Carter scored two of his three goals when the Kings were skating with a five-on-three advantage.
"I think you have to give them credit, how they're playing," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said of the Kings. "I certainly think that we can show better than we are right now. I liked the first period, first part of the second period. We've got to find a way to sustain that, obviously keeps some pucks out of our net, be more disciplined, capitalize on a chance or two; at least give ourselves a chance where we feel like we're competitive in the game."
|Photo by Norm Hall.
The Kings jumped to a 1-0 lead on Dwight King's third goal of the series and fourth of the playoffs 13:15 into the first period. Phoenix had several quality chances to tie the game within the first four minutes of the second period, but Quick came up with seven saves to preserve the 1-0 lead that ballooned to 2-0 when Carter scored the first of his three goals at 4:47.
Getting the two-goal lead was something the Kings could not do in Game 1. That's how the Coyotes, despite being badly outplayed and outshot, were able to keep the score tied going into the third period.
They couldn't come close to doing that in Game 2.
"It was huge, especially because we didn't have the best start," Kings center Anze Kopitar said of Carter's goal to make it 2-0. "We were up in shots, but we were in and out of their zone the whole time. 'Quickie' held us in it again and we were able to get our legs underneath us and push through. Getting the second goal and obviously getting the PP goal was huge for us to get more insurance. After that we brought it home safe."
Carter extended the lead to 3-0 when he deflected Kopitar's shot from the right circle past Mike Smith during a five-on-three after Doan's boarding incident on Lewis. Keith Yandle was already in the penalty box for roughing and Daymond Langkow went off at the same time as Doan for slashing Brown.
"Penalties took the game away from us," Tippett said.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
Kings forward Jeff Carter scored three goals. His first one, off a slick pass by linemate Dustin Penner at 4:47 of the second period, gave LA a 2-0 lead and deflated the Coyotes.
Penner worked hard to get the puck away from Coyotes captain Shane Doan
jdeep in Phoenix's zone just before the goal.
"It was a great play by him," Carter said of Penner. "'Penns' is such a big guy, when he gets planted in front of the net, has position, you're not moving him. He laid it up for me there. He has a lot of skill."
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• After the game, Captain Shane Doan
was asked if he thinks he'll be suspended for his hit on Trevor Lewis. "I have no idea," said Doan, who was suspended for three games late in the regular season for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn. "He turns," Doan said of Lewis. "He looks right at me. I didn’t even look at him again. I was looking at the puck because I was trying to poke the puck free. He turns away as I’m coming in."
• Left wing Ray Whitney
played in his 100th Stanley Cup Playoffs game. Meanwhile, rookie defenseman Michael Stone
played in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs game. Stone played 12:15, blocked one shot and was minus-1. Click here
to watch Stone talk about his first playoff game.
• Center Martin Hanzal
, who, like Shane Doan
, received a game misconduct for boarding, delivered a game-high seven hits before leaving.
• The Coyotes won 59 percent of the face-offs. Center Antoine Vermette
led the way by winning 15 of 23 draws.
• The Coyotes scratched David Rundblad
, Connor Murphy
, David Schlemko
, Paul Bissonnette
, Chris Summers
, Andy Miele
, Adrian Aucoin
(injured), Matt Watkins
, Raffi Torres
, Brett MacLean
, Marc-Antoine Pouliot
, Alex Bolduc, Brett Hextall
, Ethan Werek
, Maxim Goncharov
, Jordan Szwarz
, Justin Pogge, Mark Visentin
, Louis Domingue
• The Coyotes' next game is Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at the Staples Center. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on NBC Sports Network and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 AM.
||"We got outcompeted again... I think we have a lot more to give in here. When you get beat and you play well, you can tip your hat to the other team. When you get beat the way we're getting beat right now, that's a lot more frustrating."
||"It’s the playoffs. Guys are playing hard. You have to expect hard games. I thought we played hard and we were battling hard. We just found our way into the penalty box too much."
||"We try to get away from all that outside jargon, whatever you want to call it. It doesn't matter where we are, what the temperature is outside, we just go out there and play the game the way we're supposed to play, within the system. The outcome will take care of itself."
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