Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Anze Kopitar Nets Tying Goals, 1-1 After First Period

The Los Angeles Kings couldn't quite finish off the Phoenix Coyotes at home on Sunday, but look to do so in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals in Phoenix, in a way putting the Kings back at an advantage. The Kings have yet to lose on the road this postseason, and after one period in Game 5 the game is tied at 1-1, thanks to Anze Kopitar and his shorthanded goal.

The Kings lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one.

Taylor Pratt scored first for Phoenix at 4:20 of the first period, his fourth goal of the postseason. Then, seven minutes later Drew Doughty missed a shot but Kopitar was there to tip it in, for his sixth goal of the playoffs:

The Kings have scored five shorthanded goals this postseason, and have six power play goals. Jonathan Quick saved eight of nine shots for Los Angeles, while Mike Smith saved five of six for Phoenix.

Derek Morris of the Coyotes was called for holding with four seconds remaining in the first period, so the Kings will be on the power play for the first 1:56 of the second period.

For more news and notes on the Kings or the NHL Western Conference Finals, be sure to check out Jewels From The Crown.

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