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Kings 4, Coyotes 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Kings 4, Coyotes 3, OT
Los Angeles Kings 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3
 

By Corey Masisak | NHL.com
GLENDALE – It has been nearly two decades, but the Los Angeles Kings are back in the Stanley Cup Final.

Dustin Penner scored at 17:42 of overtime Tuesday to give the Kings a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes, completing a five-game triumph in the Western Conference Finals and putting them into the Final for the first time since 1993.

"It is pretty exciting," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "There are a few guys in here that have been there and had the opportunity, but a lot of guys haven’t. It's what you play for."

The series-winning goal came on the Kings' 51st shot at Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. Jonathan Quick made 38 saves as the Kings won for the 12th time in 14 postseason games this spring. They also set a playoff record by winning their 10th consecutive road game in the postseason, and another by going 8-0 on the road so far this spring.

Los Angeles became only the second team to knock off the top three seeds in the conference since the League switched to this playoff format. The other was Calgary in 2004. Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter was behind the bench for that Flames team as well.

"I'm proud of the players. That's the biggest thing for me," Sutter said. "Hell of an accomplishment for the players. That's what it's about. They're the guys that sweat and bleed. That's what it's about. I know from being a player. I'm proud of them guys."

Phoenix reached the conference finals for the first time in franchise history in a season when few expected the Coyotes to return to the postseason after two straight first-round exits and the loss of free-agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. The Coyotes not only returned to the playoffs but captured a division title for the first time in franchise history.

"Ultimately I think our players should look back and feel good about a lot of the things that they accomplished this year," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We have a lot of young players that this experience has been unbelievable for. Players like (Mikkel) Boedker, (Oliver) Ekman-Larsson, that this will help them grow, continue to strengthen our organization. I think we all recognize what Mike Smith has done for this organization this year, giving us real stability at that position. The frustration will go away and the building of a new team for next year will start very soon.

"You know, I just think these guys here should be really -- I think the amount that this team gave to get us to this spot I don't think should be taken lightly or forgotten easily. This is an incredible group. How hard they worked to get here should be well-recognized."

The Coyotes had two great chances to win this contest -- a five-on-three in the third period and a power play in overtime -- but the Kings’ penalty killers were up to the task.

Photo by Getty Images.

Seconds before Penner’s goal, Brown nailed Michal Rozsival with an open-ice hit near the Los Angeles blue line an instant after an offside call; the hit knocked the veteran Phoenix defenseman from the game and incensed the Coyotes players when no penalty was called.

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There hadn’t been a period with more than two goals during the first 13 of this series, but there was an outbreak of offense in the middle period Tuesday. Los Angeles controlled the play for long stretches and attempted a whopping 36 shots in the period, putting 20 on net. But Phoenix was opportunistic, and both teams ended up with a pair of goals.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored his first career playoff goal at 6:23 of the second to put Phoenix ahead 2-1. Pouliot didn’t score in 13 regular-season contests for the Coyotes this season, and hadn’t scored an NHL goal since April 2, 2010, when he played for Edmonton.

Doughty tied it at 11:06. He received a pass from Colin Fraser at the right point and drifted towards the top of the offensive zone before firing a wrist shot through traffic that found the back of the net. It was his second goal of the postseason, and his 10 points are one shy of New York’s Dan Girardi for the League lead among defensemen.

Mike Richards gave Los Angeles its first lead of the night a little more than two minutes later. Richards scored on the rebound of Penner's backhand attempt at 13:43 for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Just when it appeared the Kings might take complete control, the Coyotes struck again to knot the score at three. Defenseman Keith Yandle scored his first goal of the postseason at 16:23 by skating to the right post and redirecting a centering feed from Taylor Pyatt along the left wall with his shin.

Photo by Norm Hall.

The Coyotes dominated the opening 10 minutes of the game and grabbed a 1-0 lead that could have been more. Martin Hanzal one-timed a feed from the slot with Pyatt in front providing a screen. Hanzal's power-play shot went off Pyatt and past Quick at 4:20 for his fourth goal of the postseason.

The Coyotes had seven of the first eight shots, and had another power play when the Kings were pinched for too many men at 10:28. But instead of maintaining the momentum, Phoenix gave up a shorthanded goal.

Smith’s puckhandling has been a weapon all season for the Coyotes, but he iced the puck with his team on the power play and paid the price. Anze Kopitar won the offensive-zone faceoff, and after a Brown attempt was blocked, Kopitar tipped a point shot from Doughty past Smith at 11:13.

Kopitar now has six goals in the postseason, and Brown extended his team-leading point total to 16 -- one behind Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux for tops in the League. The shorthanded goal was the Kings' fifth of the playoffs; the other 15 teams have combined for a total of six.

The Coyotes had a great chance to grab the lead early in the third period. Jarrett Stoll and Matt Greene were sent to the penalty box 19 seconds apart, giving Phoenix a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. Quick made four saves before Hanzal knocked Kopitar to the ice when he was trying to cover the left point, was called for interference and the Kings killed off the ensuing 4-on-3 to escape with the score still tied.

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

 

With less than three minutes left in overtime, LA's Dustin Penner collected the puck in the middle of the ice and sent it to Jeff Carter, who skated into the right circle for a shot that Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith turned aside.

The rebound caromed into the slot, and Penner was there to lift it into the top of the net past a lunging Smith to end the game and the series.

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• Captain Shane Doan played in his 55th career NHL playoff game. He is just one shy of tying Thomas Steen for the franchise record (56). Doan took a team-high five shots on goal, delivered six hits and blocked two shots.

Yandle
• Defenseman Keith Yandle finished the playoffs with one goal and eight assists. His nine points tie Dave Babych for the franchise record for most postseason points in a season by a defenseman. Yandle's goal in the second period was reviewed briefly. What follows is the official ruling from the NHL: "At 16:23 of the second period in the Coyotes/Kings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Taylor Pyatt's cross ice pass deflected off Keith Yandle's shin pads and into the Kings net. According to rule 78.4 'if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.' Good Goal Phoenix."

• Center Boyd Gordon took four shots on goal and won 18 of 21 faceoffs.

• Forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored his first goal as a member of the Coyotes and his first goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 6:23 of the second period.

• The Coyotes, who had home-ice advantage in all three playoff series this season, finished with a 4-5 record at Jobing.com Arena in the postseason.

• Defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who played 12:17 in Game 4, did not play in Game 5 because of a nagging, undisclosed injury. Aucoin's appearance in Game 4 was his only appearance in this series.

• The Coyotes scratched David Rundblad, Connor Murphy, Adrian Aucoin (injured), Gilbert Brule, Chris Summers, Andy Miele, Michael Stone, Matt Watkins, Raffi Torres, Brett MacLean, Paul Bissonnette, Alex Bolduc, Brett Hextall, Ethan Werek, Maxim Goncharov, Jordan Szwarz, Justin Pogge, Mark Visentin, Louis Domingue.
 
"It doesn't feel any better than getting knocked out in the first round. It doesn't feel any better right now. Maybe in the future, you'll appreciate it, but right now you don't."  "This group did a lot of great things with all the uncertainties surrounding it... I couldn't be more proud of a group of guys who as a group barely made it into the playoffs and got to the conference finals." "Things have come together at the right time for us. It's one of those things where we are getting contributions from everyone. We’ve had different heroes on different nights, and that goes a long way."
Doan Whitney
Brown
 
Penner
Doughty
Richards
 
  GAME 3: LAK 2, PHX 1
  GAME 4: PHX 2, LAK 0
  • GAME 1: LAK 4, PHX 2
  • GAME 2: LAK 4, PHX 0
 
GAME 5: LAK 4, PHX 3 (OT)

scoring summary
1st Period
04:20
PHX
PPG - Taylor Pyatt (4) ASST: Martin Hanzal (3), Radim Vrbata (3)
1 - 0 PHX
11:13
LAK
SHG - Anze Kopitar (6) ASST: Drew Doughty (8), Dustin Brown (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:23
PHX
Marc-Antoine Pouliot (1) ASST: Rostislav Klesla (6), Kyle Chipchura (3)
2 - 1 PHX
11:06
LAK
Drew Doughty (2) ASST: Colin Fraser (1), Justin Williams (9)
2 - 2 Tie
13:43
LAK
Mike Richards (4) ASST: Dustin Penner (7), Jeff Carter (4)
3 - 2 LAK
16:23
PHX
Keith Yandle (1) ASST: Taylor Pyatt (2)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
1st OT Period
17:42
LAK
Dustin Penner (3) ASST: Jeff Carter (5), Slava Voynov (2)
4 - 3 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
02:47
LAK
Drew Doughty  Delaying the game
10:28
LAK
Brad Richardson  Too many men/ice - bench
15:32
LAK
Slava Voynov  Hooking against  Shane Doan
19:56
PHX
Derek Morris  Holding against  Jeff Carter
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:38
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski  Holding against  Alec Martinez
05:15
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Hi-sticking against  Boyd Gordon
05:34
LAK
Matt Greene  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:34
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Interference against  Anze Kopitar
19:33
PHX
Derek Morris  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Mike Richards
1st OT Period
10:54
LAK
Drew Doughty  Interference against  Ray Whitney
17:42
PHX
Shane Doan  Game misconduct
17:42
PHX
Mike Smith  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
12-2-0
SA: 41TOI: 77:42
Saves: 38EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .927SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 51TOI: 77:41
Saves: 47EV: 39 - 42
PIM: 10PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .922SH: 0 - 1
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