Are The Phoenix Coyotes Grasping At Straws Facing 3-0 Series Deficit Against The LA Kings?

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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After his team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2012 Western Conference Finals, now finding themselves trailing the Kings in the series, 3-0, Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett began grasping at straws.

“Personally, I’ve talked about this in a lot of meetings with Don [Maloney], our general manager, that the game is turning a little dishonest and it’s embellishment by players,” Tippett fumed. “When it’s done well, it’s very hard for the referees, very hard, because if you fall down near the boards, or you drop your stick, or you throw your head back, you’re putting the referee in a very tough situation.”

“You know, [it’s] not just our game tonight, you see it all through,” Tippett added. “The referees have a hard job. What it does, it makes the game dishonest. In actual fact, to make it work to your favor, you’ve got to do it more. You’ve got to do it. If everybody else is doing it, you better do it, too.” Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Rookie Left Wing Dwight King’s Wildest Dreams Are Coming True

Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Dwight King has scored
five goals in twelve playoff games this season.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Playing in the National Hockey League, and in the 2012 Western Conference Finals, has to be beyond the wildest dreams of Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King.

After his first recall on November 16, 2010, the 6-3, 234-pound native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, made his NHL debut the next night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But he only lasted six games with the Kings before being sent back to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate).

During that six-game stint with the big club, King, was Read more of this post

Phoenix Coyotes Don’t Look Like They Have An Answer For The Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (left) and center Anze Kopitar (right)
are but two Kings who are thoroughly frustrating the Phoenix Coyotes
in the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After dropping Games 1 and 2 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings, both rather lopsided affairs on home ice, the Phoenix Coyotes let their frustration boil over, as National Hockey League teams often do, resulting in a parade to the penalty box.

That frustration led to two dangerous incidents, including a careless, dangerous, knee-on-knee hit by Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris on Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi (Morris received a minor penalty on the play), and an even more dangerous hit from behind by Coyotes center Martin Hanzal on Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown.

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Phoenix Coyotes Say They Have More To Worry About Than Los Angeles Kings’ Top Lines

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (left) and goalie Jonathan Quick (right), shown here at a recent practice session, led their team to a
decisive 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the
Western Conference Finals in Glendale, Arizona, on May 13, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

Heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals (scheduled for tonight, 6:00 PM PDT, Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Arizona), the Phoenix Coyotes know that their biggest challenge will be finding a way to contain the Los Angeles Kings’ top lines, most notably, their first line of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, and Justin Williams, who totally dominated whenever they were on the ice, and picked apart the Coyotes.

“Obviously, their top two lines are really skilled, real strong on the puck,” said Coyotes center Martin Hanzal. “We’ve got to make sure we can be hard on these guys, physical, and take the time and the space away from them. That’s going to be the key.” Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings/Phoenix Coyotes: 2012 Western Conference Finals Preview

The NHL’s 2012 Western Conference Finals may boil down to a goaltender’s duel between Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (shown here at a
recent practice session), and Phoenix Coyotes netminder Mike Smith.
(click to view a larger image).
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite what the players and coaches have been saying over the past week, the National Hockey League’s 2012 Western Conference Finals (Game 1 is scheduled for tonight, 5:00 PM PDT, Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona) features two teams that are very, very similar.

Whether it is a hard, aggressive forecheck, solid play in the defensive end, stand-on-your-head goaltending, both teams making strong runs at the end of the season to make the playoffs, and peaking at just the right time, the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes, both Pacific Division rivals, would not be easy to differentiate if they wore the same jerseys. Read more of this post

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