Surging Kings Break Coyotes to Take 3-0 Series Lead
2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Los Angeles, CA
The Kings are on the brink of sweeping the Phoenix Coyotes thanks to Dwight King's game-winner in the third period in Los Angeles' 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center.
The eighth-seeded Kings can advance to the finals for the first time since 1993 with a win in Game 4.
The Coyotes, playing without suspended forward Martin Hanzal, brought their best effort of the series Thursday as they shattered a scoreless tie by taking the first lead of the series 63 seconds into the middle frame.
Coyotes center Daymond Langkow, who moved up the depth chart to play between Taylor Pyatt and Radim Vrbata as result of Hanzal's one-game ban, got behind the defense and snapped a Keith Yandle feed between the pads of Jonathan Quick for his first goal of the playoffs.
The Kings were unfazed by the sudden strong start by Phoenix and tied the game two minutes later courtesy of Anze Kopitar's breakaway goal with the help of Dustin Brown.
In these playoffs, the Kings have not stayed down too long. That quick response by Kopitar took away whatever momentum Phoenix was trying to build on.
Kopitar and Brown had been stellar in his postseason for the Kings, but Thursday night, Los Angeles' third line took the spotlight with King scoring the go-ahead goal 1:47 into the final frame.
King got the puck out of a scrum in the right corner and skated out to the circle before getting thru Mike Smith high to the glove side for the game-winner.
It was the fourth goal in this series for the 22-year-old rookie center King, who recorded two goals in Game 1.
Quick, who turned aside 11 in the scoreless opening frame, finished with 18 saves. The Kings netminder has surrendered more than two goals just once in the playoffs, a 3-1 loss to Vancouver in Game 4 of the first round, the only setback for Los Angeles in these playoffs.
Smith made 26 saves in the loss for the third-seeded Coyotes, who are appearing in their first conference finals in franchise history. Phoenix dropped to 4-2 on the road in the playoffs.
The Kings, who are 7-0 on the road in the playoffs, moved to 4-1 at home. They have now captured eight straight playoff games overall.
Surging Kings Break Coyotes to Take 3-0 Series Lead
- Staples Center Officials Defend Decision to Bar Charlie Sheen from Re-Entering Arena
- Henrique Helps Devils Stave Off Kings Sweep
- Kings Blank Devils 4-0 in Game 3; One Win from First Stanley Cup
- Jeff Carter OT Goal Lifts Kings over Devils
- 2012 Stanley Cup Finals: Game 2 Preview
- Kings Take Stanley Cup Opener Behind Anze Kopitar OT Tally
- Red Wings Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to Retire
- Rested Devils Ready for Kings in Stanley Cup Finals
- Devils Finish Off Rangers in Game 6
- Devils Net Pair in Third Period, Edge Rangers In Game 5
- Penner OT Goal Lifts Kings Past Coyotes into Stanley Cup Finals
- Brodeur, Parise Power Devils Past Rangers; Knot Series 2-2
- Coyotes Shut Down Kings, Keep Stanley Cup Hopes Alive
- Rangers Outlast Devils: Regain Control of Eastern Conference Finals
- Surging Kings Break Coyotes to Take 3-0 Series Lead
- Devils Edge Rangers 3-2: Even Series at 1-1
- Road-Tested Kings Rout Coyotes for 2-0 Series Lead
- Lundqvist Blanks Devils, Rangers Take 1-0 Series Lead
- Dale Hunter Steps Down as Washington Capitals Coach
- Kings Remain Rulers of the Road with Win at Phoenix
- Capitals Hold Off Rangers to Force Game 7
- Devils Bounce Flyers, Advance to Stanley Cup Conference Finals
- Morris and Hanzal Goals Lift Coyotes Past Predators
- Staal Overtime Goal Lifts Rangers over Capitals in Game 5
- Devils Defeat Flyers 4-2 on Brodeur's 40th
- Kings Advance to Western Conference Finals in Sweep of Blues
- Mike Green's Late Power-Play Goal Lifts Capitals Over Rangers
- Coyotes Blank Predators, Take 3-1 Series Lead
- Kings Thump Blues: Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead
- Devils Earn 4-3 OT Victory Over Flyers
- Rangers Win 3 OT Thriller Over Caps
- Third Period The Charm For Devils in 4-1 Win Over Flyers
- Alex Ovechkin Nets Winner As Caps Knot Series with Rangers
- Kings Continue Road Success Blitzing Blues
- Briere OT Goal Lifts Flyers Past Devils 4-3
- Rangers Take Opener from Capitols
- Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals Now Set
- Rangers and Devils Advance After Game 7 Wins
- Joel Ward OT Tally Sends Caps Past Bruins in Game 7
- Devils Force Game 7 vs Panthers
- Gritty Lundqvist, Rangers Force Game 7 vs Senators
- Stoll Scores in OT as Kings Send Canucks Packing
- Flyers Finish Off Penguins with Rout
- Blues Use Third-Period Flurry to Oust Sharks in First-Round
- Senators Stun Rangers Again in Game Five
- Coyotes Forward Raffi Torres Slapped with 25-Game Suspension
- Fleury Stops 24 Shots, Penguins Stay Alive vs Flyers
- Predators Oust Red Wings from Playoffs
- Brodeur Bounces Back: Devils Goalie Nets Another Playoff Shutout
- Torres Suspended Indefinitely After Knocking Out Hossa
- Daniel Sedin's Return Sparks Canucks Past Kings
- Penguins Erupt for 10 Goals, Stay Alive With Rout of Flyers
- Coyotes Top Blackhawks in OT; Hossa Hospitalized After Hit
- Lundqvist Shines as Rangers Top Senators for Series Lead
- Rinne Stops 42 Shots, Predators Edge Red Wings for 2-1 Series Lead
- Flyers Punish Penguins to Take Commanding 3-0 Lead
- Caps Edge Bruins, Knot Series 1-1 Behind Backstrom's 2OT Tally
- Dustin Brown Sparkles as Kings Top Canucks for 2-0 Series Lead
- Hanzal OT Tally Lifts Coyotes Over Blackhawks for Series Lead
- Ryan Callahan Leads Rangers Past Senators in Series Opener
- Dustin Penner Helps Kings Topple Canucks in Series Opener
- Braden Holtby to Start in Between Pipes for Caps vs Bruins
- Canucks Win President's Cup Enter Stanley Cup Playoffs as Top Seed
- Flyers Losing at Game of 'Slots'; Big Body Needs to Step Forward
- Flyers Blueline Gets Lift with Defenseman Pavel Kubina
- Top 10 Cities With the Most Sports Championships
- Flyers Youth Movement is a Winner
- Maple Leafs GM Burke Yearns for Old NHL, More Fights
- Police Looking for Flyers Fans Who Attacked Rangers Fans
- Rangers Edge Flyers in Winter Classic
- Canucks Colluding on Another Shot at Stanley Cup
- Everyone Knows Claude Giroux's Name in Philly
- Radim Vrbata Keeping Phoenix Coyotes Near Top of Pacific
- NHL Adopts Four Conference Realignment Plan
- Forbes Lists Maple Leafs as Most Valuable NHL Franchise
- Red Wings Ageless Wonder Lidstrom Keeps Team On Winning Path
- Maple Leafs Forward Phil Kessel Out in Front in NHL All Star Voting
- Defending Stanley Cup Champ Bruins Back in Title Form With 10-Game Winning Streak
- Flyers Chemistry Helping Team Take Off
- Montreal Canadiens Hopes for Big Season Riding on Goalie Carey Price
- CBC Distancing Itelf from Don Cherry's Over Hockey Fighting Comments
- Penguins Put Sidney Crosby on Injured Reserve to Start Season
Copyright © 2012 AHN - All Rights Reserved