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Kings 4, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Kings 4, Coyotes 2
Los Angeles Kings 4, Phoenix Coyotes 2


By Dan Rosen |
Even a week off couldn't cool the red-hot Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings came out strong with a relentless forecheck that continued throughout the game. They fired 48 shots on net and got goals from Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and two from Dwight King along with 25 saves from goalie Jonathan Quick to beat the Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, 4-2, at Arena on Sunday night.

Los Angeles is 9-1 in the playoffs and has won six games in a row on the road. The Kings will go for No. 7 in Game 2 Tuesday.
"It was really important we had a good start," Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter said. "It wasn't so much scoring or any of that stuff. Just make sure we match their start. We were able to overcome a rare bad goal against us, have the resiliency to stay with it."

The Kings did have to rebound after Quick was beat on a 98-foot slap shot by Derek Morris 13:26 into the first period. Morris wound up and fired from directly in front of the red line and the puck skimmed off the ice and sailed over Quick's outstretched right pad to tie the score at 1-1.

Los Angeles had a 17-4 advantage in shots on goal after 20 minutes, but the game was locked in a tie.

"It skipped off the ice, took a weird hop, and nothing you can do about it," Quick said. "You just reset and get ready for the next shot, that's all it is."

Quick's teammates knew it was a tough one for their goalie to give up, but it only made them want to play that much harder for him.

"I think we just felt we have to get a couple for 'Quickie,'" Kopitar said. "He was bailing us out all season and a few times in the playoffs, too. I don't think anybody was concerned or worried about it; we just kind of looked at each other and said maybe we should win this one for him."

They did, thanks to their captain. Brown gave the Kings their 3-2 lead with 17:49 left in the third period (see KEY MOMENT below).

Sutter said Brown has become a playoff hockey player in this postseason. He also had an assist on Kopitar's goal 3:53 into the first period and has 13 points in the playoffs.

The Kings dominated most of the night with a constant, aggressive forecheck that had the Coyotes hemmed in their own zone. They also continued to play with perfection on the penalty kill, which was 5-for-5 and allowed only four shots on goal. Los Angeles has killed off 24 straight power plays dating to Game 5 against Vancouver.

"We weren't close in that game," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We got beat in every facet of the game. I felt our execution was so poor. The execution and will to get things done is going to have to improve greatly if we're going to have a chance in this series."

Photo by Getty Images.

About the only player Tippett couldn't be angry with was Smith, who never let the Kings take a two-goal lead before King's empty-net goal with 48 seconds left. He made 44 saves.

The Kings beat Smith on a backhanded shot by Kopitar from the high slot in the first period, a King shot off a rebound created on a 2-on-1 rush with Mike Richards in the second, and on Brown's wrist shot from the right circle off a semi-breakaway in the third.

Despite getting outshot 34-18 through two periods, the Coyotes still managed to head into the dressing room tied 2-2 after 40 minutes. Morris' blast from the red line beat Quick in the first period and Mikkel Boedker cashed in on his fourth goal of the playoffs with 1:55 left in the second period as the Coyotes came back from a pair of one-goal deficits in each period.

Los Angeles, though, was relentless again in the third and got some big saves from Quick late to preserve the one-goal lead before King's empty-netter.

"They are a good team, but we have to be better, get more traffic on their goalie and play to a standard that we're capable of reaching and we weren't there tonight," Boedker said. "The shot totals have to be more even and the game has to be more even."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of edited this story and compiled this recap.


Tied 2-2 early in the third period, Kings captain Dustin Brown was sprung on a semi-breakaway by defenseman Slava Voynov, who made a fantastic pass from out of the defensive zone to catch Brown in the neutral zone. Brown skated into the right circle and put a wrist shot past Mike Smith on the blocker side at 2:11.

"That was a great pass by Slava," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I think everyone knows he has that vision offensively to do those kinds of things. Right away he saw 'Brownie' before he even got the puck, and from there he made a great pass and 'Brownie' finished it off from there."

► Click here to see the KEY MOMENT.

• Defenseman Derek Morris, who entered the game with 12 points in 32 career playoff games, notched a goal and an assist. His goal at 13:26 of the first period came when he rifled a shot by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick from the red line. Click here to watch the goal.

• The Coyotes blocked 25 shots; 15 of the 18 skaters blocked at least one.

• Center Antoine Vermette took three shots on goal, delivered four hits, and won 13 of 22 face-offs.

• The Coyotes have been outshot in 10 of their 12 playoff games and have given up 45 or more shots three times. Phoenix is 1-2 in those games.

• The Coyotes scratched Adrian Aucoin (injured), Paul Bissonnette, Alex Bolduc, Louis Domingue, Maxim Goncharov, Brett Hextall, Andy Miele, Connor Murphy, Justin Pogge, Brett MacLean, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, David Rundblad, Michael Stone, Chris Summers, Jordan Szwarz, Raffi Torres, Matt Watkins and Ethan Werek.

• The Coyotes' next game is Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Arena. 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.
"As the playoffs go on, the bar gets higher and higher. You have some players that can rise with the bar and we didn't have enough guys rise with the bar tonight."  "As expected, it is not going to come easy, we know that. We had a great example tonight, it was a hard game and tight with a lot of intensity. It’s just going to be a huge battle and we have to be a lot better on our one-on-one battles." "Right before the game Darryl (Sutter) made sure to tell us the first five minutes are so important, we need to be the fastest team, the hardest working team, we want them not to want to play us. I thought we did a good job of that."
Tippett Vermette
  GAME 3: May 17
  GAME 4: May 20
  GAME 6: May 24*
  • GAME 1: LAK 4, PHX 2
  • GAME 2: May 15
GAME 5: May 22*
  GAME 7: May 26*
   *if necessary

scoring summary
1st Period
Anze Kopitar (4) ASST: Dustin Brown (6), Drew Doughty (6)
1 - 0 LAK
Derek Morris (2) ASST: Daymond Langkow (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Dwight King (2) ASST: Mike Richards (6), Trevor Lewis (2)
2 - 1 LAK
Mikkel Boedker (4) ASST: Shane Doan (4), Derek Morris (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Dustin Brown (7) ASST: Slava Voynov (1), Justin Williams (6)
3 - 2 LAK
EN - Dwight King (3) ASST: Trevor Lewis (3), Jarret Stoll (1)
4 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
Mike Smith  Roughing against  Justin Williams
Matt Greene  Hi-sticking against  Martin Hanzal
Dustin Brown  Interference against  Michal Rozsival
2nd Period
Derek Morris  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
Anze Kopitar  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
3rd Period
Willie Mitchell  Interference against  Shane Doan
Martin Hanzal  Slashing against  Trevor Lewis
Justin Williams  Hooking against  Rostislav Klesla
Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Interference against  Mike Richards
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 47TOI: 59:42
Saves: 44EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 6
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