Kings Vs. Coyotes Game 5: Kings Avdance To Stanley Cup Finals With Overtime Win

The Kings will play in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in their history, and first since 1993.

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Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: Los Angeles Kings Open On Road May 30

The Los Angeles Kings continued their magical run through the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night with a 4-3 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history, and the first time since 1993.

The Kings don't yet know their opponent, as the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. But the Kings do know they will open on the road on Wednesday, May 30. Here is the full schedule with the Stanley Cup Finals, with all games starting at 5 p.m. PDT.

  • Game 1: Wednesday, May 30 at Eastern Conference Champion (NBC)
  • Game 2: Saturday, June 2 at Eastern Conference Champion (NBC)
  • Game 3: Monday, June 4 at Staples Center (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 4: Wednesday, June 6 at Staples Center (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 5*: Saturday, June 9 at Eastern Conference Champion (NBC)
  • Game 6*: Monday, June 11 at Staples Center (NBC)
  • Game 7*: Wednesday, June 13 at Eastern Conference Champion (NBC)

*If neccesary

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Dustin Penner's OT Goal Sends Kings To Stanley Cup Finals

Dustin Penner scored at 17:42 of overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals. The Kings won the series four games to one and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993, and the second time in franchise history.

The Kings are 8-0 on the road this postseason and have won an NHL record 10 consecutive road playoff games dating back to last season.

Penner's goal was his third of the postseason and capped an overtime period that saw the Kings outshoot the Coyotes 11-6.

After a back-and-forth second period that saw four total goals, both goalies were on top of their games in the third period, which produced no goals. Jonathan Quick saved all 16 shots he saw in the third period, while Mike Smith saved all 13 shots he faced in the third. Quick saved 38 of 41 shots in the win.

The Kings will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, as the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are tied at two games apiece.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Drew Doughty, Mike Richards Score For L.A., Tied 3-3 After Second Period

The Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night have had a theme against the Phoenix Coyotes: read, and react. After two periods in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals, the Kings and Coyotes are tied 3-3 at Jobing.com in Glendale, Arizona.

Drew Doughty scored the game-tying goal for the Kings, and Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal for Los Angeles. But Keith Yandle answered with his first goal of the postseason at 16:23 of the second period.

In each of the first two periods, Phoenix has scored first. Marc-Antoine Pouliot lit the lamp at 6:23 of the second period. But Doughty was able to score in traffic at 11:06 of the second period with this shot to tie the game at 2-2.

It was the second goal of the postseason for Doughty, who assisted on Anze Kopitar's goal in the first period. Richards scored at 13:43 of the second period, his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Kings were outshot 9-6 in the first period, but were the aggressors in the second period with an overwhelming 20-10 shot advantage. The three goals allowed by Jonathan Quick match his most given up this postseason, tying Game 4 of the first round series against Vancouver.

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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.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Coyotes Vs. Kings Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

Let's try this again.

The Los Angeles Kings will try to take their improbable postseason run into the Stanley Cup Finals in Game 5 tonight in Phoenix after falling 2-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday to halt what would have been a surprising sweep of their divisional rivals.

The Kings haven't been to the Stanley Cup since 1993, which also stands as the franchise's only trip to the finals. So with a 3-1 advantage, the Kings will look to once again close out the Coyotes to move on to the big show.

Game Five will start at 6 p.m. PT and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Kings Vs. Coyotes: Arizona Fans Discuss The Next Step

The Los Angeles Kings had an opportunity to sweep the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday and punch their ticket to the second Stanley Cup final appearance in franchise history, but they fell short in a 2-0 loss. They still have a strong 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Both odds and history are on their side. Coyotes fans are also being pragmatic about the victory, but are looking ahead to what Game 5 might bring.

Carl Putnam at Five For Howling Has this to say about Arizona's crucial win:

The Coyotes will look to build on the improvements they made on Sunday when they face the Kings in Game 5. The game will be played Tuesday back in Glendale at 6 p.m. MST. If Phoenix can stay aggressive while spending less time in the box maybe they can truly climb back into the series. Expect the Kings to come out hitting anything that moves Tuesday night, especially guys like Justin Williams and Dustin Brown.

The loss isn't the end of the world, of course. It would be highly unlikely for the Coyotes to be able to win the next three and instead eliminate the Kings, but Los Angeles will need to regroup and put this one away as quickly as possible.

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NHL Playoffs, Kings vs. Coyotes Final Score: Phoenix Wins Game Four With 2-0 Shutout

The Los Angeles Kings will have to play at least one more game in order to clinch a spot in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Despite having a chance to sweep the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, the Kings came out flat and were unable to get anything going against a determined Coyotes team. The outcome was a 2-0 shutout from the Coyotes, who forced a fifth game back in Phoenix with the win.

Shane Doan scored both goals for the Coyotes, lighting the lamp in the first and second periods. The Kings out-shot their opposition on Sunday at 36 to 21, but Mike Smith was simply too good in game four. Jonathan Quick did not have his best game, which was a surprise given how dominant he has been in the playoffs.

The loss was a small hiccup for the Kings, but hardly a heavy blow. They still have three games left to win one game, and while they want to avoid giving the Coyotes the momentum in the series, there is no reason to panic in Los Angeles. The two clubs will meet next on Tuesday night.

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NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Coyotes Score Update: Phoenix Scores Again To Claim 2-0 Lead

The Los Angeles Kings currently lead the Western Conference Finals three games to none, but the Phoenix Coyotes will not go away without giving everything they've got. WIth a chance to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup finals on Sunday, the Kings have come out a bit flat against the Coyotes on Sunday afternoon.

Phoenix came out aggressive and took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Shane Doan. He was assisted by Ray Whitney. With the same score holding at the start of the second period, Doan scored yet again at 11:10 into the second period. He was set up nicely by Antoine Vermette. Doan now has six goals in the playoffs. After 40 minutes of play the Coyotes lead 2-0 in Los Angeles.

The Kings have out-shot the Coyotes by a total of nine shots, but they simply haven't been able to get anything past Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith.

The third period is about to begin. You can find the game live on NBC this afternoon.

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NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Coyotes Game 4 Score: Phoenix Takes Early 1-0 Lead

The Los Angeles Kings have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup finals on Sunday afternoon. The team has been on an incredible roll lately, winning all but one of their playoff games thus far. The Phoenix Coyotes started showing signs of life in game three of the series, though, and will not go down without a fight. After all, this is a win or go home situation this afternoon in L.A.

After one period of play, the Coyotes lead by a score of 1-0.

Shane Doan scored 14:19 into the period, his fourth goal of the playoffs. He was assisted by Ray Whitney. The Kings had numerous scoring opportunities in the period, but they were unsuccessful at sneaking one past goalie Mike Smith.

The second period is about to get underway from Los Angeles.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Coyotes Game 4: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Los Angeles Kings made it into the postseason by the skin of their teeth, but since the playoffs began, they have been a veritable juggernaut, steamrolling the Western Conference favorites by eliminating the Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues with few problems. They have now gone up 3-0 against the Phoenix Coyotes and are just one little win away from heading to their second-ever Stanley Cup final. It really is beginning to feel like a team of destiny.

On Sunday, the Kings will have a chance to clinch the conference title in front of a rabid home crowd at the Staples Center as they host the Yotes in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series. Can they manage their second straight playoffs sweep and coast to the final with plenty of time to rest up for the biggest series in hockey?

Sunday's Game 4 will begin at 12:00 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on NBC.

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Kings Vs. Coyotes, 2012 NHL Playoffs: Twitter Reaction

The Los Angeles Kings continued their playoff dominance on Thursday, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1, bringing their series lead to 3-0. The Kings are only one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup thanks to Dwight King's game-winning goal in the third period. Game four is scheduled noon on Sunday at the Staples Center.

Here is the reaction from various folks around Twitter after the Kings' game three victory in the Western Conference Finals:

Even the Kings organization — or at least the employee running their twitter account is shocked by the team's success.

This comes from Phoenix-area sports radio host. Although his pain is understandable, I think most Coyote fans would agree they have a very slim chance of winning this series. If the Kings want to win this series at home, they'll have to win on Sunday or risk winning the Western Conference championship on the road in game five. The series will return to Los Angeles for game six if it gets that far.

Overreaction?

Definite overreaction!

The Clippers and Lakers are losing their casual fans to the city's hockey team. Maybe.

That's your Tweet of the night!

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Kings Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3 Final Score: Dwight King Scores Go-Ahead Goal In 2-1 Win

Dwight King continued to torment the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night. King's goal at 1:47 of the third period was the difference as the Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix 2-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

The Kings are 11-1 during the postseason, and are one win away from their second berth in the Stanley Cup Finals, and first in 19 years.

King's goal was his fourth goal of the series and came on a delayed penalty, with assists to Trevor Lewis and Jarret Stoll. Anze Kopitar also scored in the game, his second of the series and fifth goal of the postseason.

Phoenix pulled goalie Mike Smith with 1:05 remaining for an extra attacker on offense, but the Coyotes were unable to score the equalizer.

Jonathan Quick saved 18 of 19 shots for the Kings in the win, and has allowed just three goals in three games during the series. The Kings outshot the Coyotes 28-19 on the night, including a 13-4 advantage in the third period.

The Kings will try to close out the Coyotes with a win in Game 4, scheduled for noon on Sunday at Staples Center, where they are 4-1 this postseason.

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Kings Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3 Score: Anze Kopitar Ties Game For Kings, 1-1 After 2nd Period

Anze Kopitar scored the game-tying goal early in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes are tied 1-1 with 20 minutes left to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night at Staples Center.

After a scoreless first period, Daymond Langkow scored at 1:03 of the second period, his first goal of the playoffs. Langkow's goal gave the Coyotes their first lead of the series, but that was quickly answered.

Kopitar lit the lamp at 3:10 of the second period, assisted by Dustin Brown and Justin Williams. It was the second goal of the series for Kopitar and his fifth goal of the postseason.

After getting outshot 11-8 in the first period, the Kings outshot the Coyotes 7-4 in the second period. Jonathan Quick saved three of four shots in the second period, while Mike Smith saved six of seven.

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Kings Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3 Score: Jonathan Quick, Mike Smith Sharp in Scoreless First Period

The Phoenix Coyotes put pressure on the Los Angeles Kings for most of the first 20 minutes, but after the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the two teams are in a scoreless tie at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

After capturing the first two games on the road by being the aggressors, the Kings found themselves on the other end of the spectrum in the first period of Game 3, as the Coyotes held an 11-8 shot advantage. Los Angeles took 87 shots in the first two games of the series, compared to just 51 for Phoenix.

The Coyotes won 67% of the faceoffs against the Kings in the first 20 minutes.

Jonathan Quick was up to the task, saving all 11 shots he faced, while his counterpart Mike Smith saved all eight shots he encountered.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Arizona's Shane Doan Avoids Suspension For Trevor Lewis Hit

The Los Angeles Kings are red hot on the ice as of late, but the Phoenix Coyotes got a bit of a break on Wednesday with the news that captain Shane Doan will not be suspended for his hit on Trevor Lewis during game two of their current series.

Per the NHL's Senior VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan on Twitter:

Doan told reporters this after the game about the hit on Lewis:

"I mean, he [Lewis] turns, he looks right at me," Doan said. "I didn't even look at him again. I was looking down at the puck because I was trying to poke the puck free. He turns away as I'm coming in.''

The Kings still find themselves in prime position this series, holding the 2-0 advantage early in the set.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Jeff Carter Hat Trick Makes Quick Work Of Phoenix, 4-0

Sometimes it's hard to remember that the Los Angeles Kings are the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Jeff Carter had a hat trick for the Kings, who thoroughly beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Jonathan Quick saved all 24 shots he faced for his second shutout of the playoffs, and his 12th since the beginning of the season, both tops in the NHL.

The Kings dispatched the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks in five games in the first round of the NHL playoffs, then swept the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues in round two, and now the Kings are halfway to eliminating the No. 3 seed Coyotes, as the Kings lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

The victory gave the Kings a 7-0 road record this year in the playoffs, and was their ninth consecutive road win in the postseason, dating back to last year.

Carter scored twice in the second period, then added a power play goal at 12:56 of the third period to complete the hat trick. The Kings bombarded Mike Smith with 40 shots on the night.

Game 3 will be held Thursday night at Staples Center, starting a wild weekend in Los Angeles featuring six playoff games in four days.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Jeff Carter Gives L.A. 3-0 Lead, Shane Doan Ejected

Jeff Carter scored two goals in the second period, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-0 lead over the Phoenix Coyotes after the second period of Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Finals at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The Kings lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 and are 20 minutes away from a commanding 2-0 lead and their ninth consecutive road playoff victory, dating back to last season.

Carter lit the lamp at 4:47 of the second period, assisted by Dustin Penner and Mike Richards. Carter's goal was one of 17 shots during the second period for the Kings, compared to eight for Phoenix.

Things got a little chippy in Glendale, as Coyotes captain Shane Doan was given a five-minute game misconduct and ejected for boarding at 16:29 of the second period. Carter capitalized with a power play goal with 1:11 remaining in the period, though the goal was originally credited to Anze Kopitar.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick saved eight shots during the second period and has saved all 16 shots he has faced for the game so far. Mike Smith has saved 29 of 32 shots for Phoenix on the night.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Coyotes Game 2 Score: Dwight King Scores Again, L.A. Leads 1-0

The Los Angeles Kings haven't yet lost this season on the road during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, and look for more of the same during Game 2 of their NHL Western Conference Finals series with the Phoenix Coyotes. Dwight King continued to terrorize Phoenix with a first period goal Wednesday night to give the Kings a 1-0 lead after the first period.

King scored at 13:15 of the first period, assisted by Drew Doughty and Trevor Lewis. It was the third goal in two games for King, and his fourth score of the playoffs.

Like they have in pretty much every game during the postseason, the Kings were the aggressors in the first period on Tuesday. The Kings had 15 shots on goal, compared to just nine for the Coyotes. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith saved 14 of 15 shots for the Coyotes. Jonathan Quick saved all nine shots for the Kings.

The Kings were 0-for-2 on the power play in the opening 20 minutes. Phoenix was 0-for-1 with a man advantage.

The Kings have won all six of their road games so far during this postseason, and have won eight straight playoff contests away from home, dating back to last season.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Coyotes Vs. Kings Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Kings will head into game two of their 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series against division foe, the Phoenix Coyotesm up 1-0 after their 4-2 win on Sunday. This is the Kings first appearance in the Western Conference finals since 1993 and they don't look like they want their magical playoff journey to end now.

The Coyotes have the home ice advantage and are sporting a Pacific Division crown on their heads, but none of that matters now. The Kings have already knocked off both the no. 1 and no. 2 teams in the conference and are playing with a confidence level that can't be explained. They have no fear and taking a 2-0 lead back to Los Angeles would be the perfect gift for Kings fans anxiously awaiting their return home.

Game Two will start at 6 p.m. PT and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Los Angeles Wins 4-2

The Los Angeles Kings are keeping the run going in the Western Conference Finals, as they took Game 1 in Phoenix from the Coyotes.

The Kings beat third-seeded Phoenix thanks to a huge Dustin Brown goal to put them up 3-2 2:19 into the third period.


They then got a clinching goal on an empty netter in the final seconds.


Los Angeles dominated shots on goal, getting 47 for the Kings as opposed to 27 for the Coyotes. The Kings generally controlled the possession and the offensive opportunities. King had an earlier goal, and Anze Kopitar had the first goal of the game for L.A.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1 Score: Dwight King, Mikkel Boedker Trade Goals In Second Period

The Los Angeles Kings are in search of their eighth consecutive road playoff victory, but after two periods in Glendale things are all even. Dwight King scored on a breakaway for the Kings in the second period, but was answered by Mikkel Boedker in the final two minutes. The Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes are tied 2-2 after two periods in Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference Finals Sunday night at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

The Kings got a two-on-one breakaway, with Mike Richards feeding King for the go-ahead goal at 8:02 of the second period. It was the second goal of the postseason for King.

The Kings were the aggressors in the first period with a 16-4 shot advantage, and continued the assualt on Mike Smith in the second, outshooting Phoenix 17-14.

Boedker's goal came with 1:55 remaining in the second period. Jonathan Quick has saved 16 of 18 shots for the Kings through 40 minutes. Smith has saved 31 of 33 shots.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Derek Morris Soft Goal Ties Score In Phoenix

The Los Angeles Kings completely jumped on the Phoenix Coyotes to start the NHL Western Conference Finals. But a soft goal allowed by the usually reliable Jonathan Quick allowed Phoenix to tie the score. Game 1 of the conference finals is tied at 1-1 at the end of the first period at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Anze Kopitar scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at 3:53 of the first period, assisted by Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty. That was one of 16 shots by the Kings in the first period, compared to just four for the Coyotes.

But one of the shots for Phoenix was this one from center ice by Derek Morris, which somehow got by Quick to tie the score with 6:34 left in the period.

The Kings are undefeated on the road this postseason (5-0).

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Kings Vs. Coyotes, NHL Western Conference Finals: Full Series Schedule

The Los Angeles Kings have had quite a run as the No. 8 seed in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. They toppled the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks in the first round in five games, then swept the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues. Up next for the Kings are the No. 3 seed Phoenix Coyotes, who are in their first conference finals in franchise history.

Phoenix has home ice advantage in the series, which begins Sunday night at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. But starting on the road is nothing new for the Kings, who are 5-0 on the road this postseason and have won seven straight playoff games away from home. Here is the complete first round schedule and television information (all times PDT):

  • Game 1: Sunday, May 13 at Phoenix, 5 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 2: Tuesday, May 15 at Phoenix, 6 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 3: Thursday, May 17 at Los Angeles, 6 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 20 at Los Angeles, 12 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 5*: Tuesday, May 22 at Phoenix, 6 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 6*: Thursday, May 24 at Los Angeles, 6 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • Game 7*: Saturday, May 26 at Phoenix, 5 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

*if necessary

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NHL Western Conference Finals, Kings Vs. Coyotes: Goalies Jonathan Quick, Mike Smith Lead The Way

As the 2012 NHL Western Conference Finals open in Glendale, Arizona, the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings will face the No. 3 seed Phoenix Coyotes for the right to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Beginning with Game 1 Sunday night in Arizona, all eyes will be on goaltenders Jonathan Quick for the Kings and Mike Smith for Phoenix.

Those two have arguably been the top two goaltenders in the NHL playoffs so far. Quick leads the NHL with a .949 save percentage during the postseason, while Smith is right behind him at .948. Quick also leads with a 1.55 goals against average, with Smith third at 1.77. Smith has two shutouts, leading all goalies, while Quick has one.

With Quick highlighting the defense for the Kings, it allows them to focus on offense, and they have scored 3.0 goals per game in the postseason after finishing 29th in the NHL in scoring during the regular season.

"We still have that main defensive base that we focus on, but with the guys getting their confidence and learning their linemates, that's why we're putting more pucks in the net," defenseman Drew Doughty told NHL.com.

Quick has faced 30.4 shots per game, while Smith has been relatively bombarded at 36.4 shots per contest. If the Kings can keep the pressure on Smith like they did against both Vancouver and St. Louis, the Kings could find their way in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Coyotes Vs. Kings Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings will kick off their 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series against their division rivals the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings will be making an appearance in their first Western Conference final since 1993 and will try to keep their momentum rolling all the way to the Stanley Cup.

The Kings will have to knock off the Pacific Division champs, who have home advantage in the series. That's not likely to faze the No. 8 seed Kings at all: they've knocked off the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in the conference in five and four games, respectively.

The puck will drop for Game 1 at 5:00 p.m. PT and will be televised on NBC Sports Network (formerly Vs.).

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Kings Vs. Coyotes Game 1 Is Sunday, May 13

It's safe to say the Los Angeles Kings are the surprises of these Stanley Cup Playoffs after upsetting the No. 1 seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games and the No. 2 seeded St. Louis Blues in a four game sweep. The Phoenix Coyotes are the next team in line for them, as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators to get to this point.

The schedule for the first two games has been announced. Both games will be in Phoenix.

Game 1 will take place Sunday, May 13th at 5 PM PT, 8 PM ET, and will be broadcast on NBCSN (TSN/RDS in Canada).

Game 2 will take place Tuesday, May 15th at 6 PM PT, 9 PM ET, and will be broadcast on NBCSN (TSN/RDS in Canada)

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Kings To Face Coyotes In Conference Finals After Phoenix Eliminates Nashville

Before the 2012 NHL playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings had only held a 2-0 series lead two times in their 43-year franchise history. This year, they have had a pair of 3-0 series leads and are 8-1 in the postseason. In the Western Conference Finals they will face a team with even less playoff success in its franchise history. The Phoenix Coyotes advanced to their first conference finals Monday night with a 2-1 home win in Game 5 over the Nashville Predators.

The Coyotes eliminated the Predators, four games to one. Phoenix, who won their first division title during the regular season, advanced to the conference finals for the first time in their 32-year franchise history, which began in Winnipeg.

The Kings are in their second Western Conference Finals in franchise history, and the first since 1993.

Derek Smith scored at 3:54 of the second period to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead Monday night and Martin Hanzal struck with a goal 11 minutes later for a 2-0 Coyotes lead. Colin Wilson scored for Nashville with 5:59 remaining in the third period, but were never able to score the equalizer.

Mike Smith saved 32 of 33 shots in the win for the Coyotes, who are 8-3 in the postseason.

The Kings were 3-1-2 against their Pacific Division rivals during the regular season. Los Angeles, which has knocked off the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks and No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues in the first two rounds, now get their shot at No. 3 seed Phoenix.

For more news and notes on the Kings or this second round NHL playoff series, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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