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Two desperate teams took the ice in Glendale, Arizona tonight. The Kings vying for a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals - their first since 1993 - and the Coyotes fighting to extend the series to game six. 

After nearly 78 minutes of fast, physical hockey the Kings escaped on top with a 4-3 victory. 

Dustin Penner clinched the series for the Kings when he scored at the 17:42 mark in overtime breaking a 3-3 tie. The Kings celebrated their campaign through the western conference with confetti disguised as wrappers and cups from furious Phoenix fans. The only thing that might sideline the Kings' win is debate over Dustin Brown's rattling hit on Michal Rozsival.&nbs...

Doan, Smith carry Coyotes, 2-0

The Los Angeles Kings were hoping to be presented the The Campbell Bowl - awarded to the Western Conference Champion - Sunday afternoon. Instead they will be packing their bags as the series moves back to the desert. 

Coyote Captain Shane Doan struck twice and Goaltender Mike Smith blanked the Kings en route to a 2-0 victory at the Staples Center. Phoenix avoided getting swept and will return home for game 5 Tuesday night. 

A questionable interference call on L.A. forward Justin Williams set up the Coyotes' first goal. Williams parked infront of Smith after the goalie came out and cleared the puck up through the neutral zone. With no immediate pressure resulting ...

Kings Taking Over L.A.


The Kings are taking over Los Angeles. There’s no ambiguity, it’s as black and white as this text and page, as simple as the team’s color scheme. This weekend the Staples Center will be busier than a Playboy hosted car wash outside an all boys school. Three different postseason series will be taking place inside the arena and the Kings are the main attraction. Wait, what? As the Lakers and Clippers sputter out of control the Kings continue picking up momentum. With a win over the Coyotes Sunday the Kings would reach the Stanley Cup finals for only the second time in their 45 year history.  They don’t have cool nicknames like “The Lake...

King, Quick lead Kings past Coyotes, 2-1

The Los Angeles Kings’ assault on the Western Conference is almost over. A 2-1 victory over the third seeded Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center Thursday night puts the Kings on the cusp of the Cup. L.A. has won 8 straight and is 11-1 against the Western elite this postseason. 

 Dwight King’s goal 1:47 into the final period broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the difference maker. King (1st star) received a pass from Trevor Lewis and lifted a wrist shot over the glove of Mike Smith. The game winning goal resulted from an unrelenting forecheck led by Jarrett Stoll. The Kings’ third line of Stoll - King - and Trevor Lewis has been incredibly productive (4 goals...

Western Conference Final Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings


2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference FinalPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )   The Los Angeles Kings are eliminating teams in numerical order in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. First, it was the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Then the little team that could in the St. Louis Blues, the second-best team in the West. Now, LA looks to the final division winner, the Phoenix Coyotes, on their potential route to an unlikely appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. If they make it, it'll be their first such appearance since 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and they've alread...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings


2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsSt. Louis Blues ( 2 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )  Also Read: Ty Fisher's Series preview for the Kings. Once again, we're looking at a series that most definitely has to be about the battle between the pipes, as St. Louis and Los Angeles face off as unlikely second round opponents. Jonathan Quick absolutely lit up the west this season and may have been the only reason the Kings even made the playoffs. On the other side of the ice, the Blues have two (count 'em!) goaltenders that could have and maybe should have been up for the Vezina trophy in Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. We may be soun...

Series Preview: (2) Blues vs. (7) Kings


Just as everyone expected, the Los Angeles Kings quickly dispatched of the President’s Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in five games. Also (and just as expected) was the latter squad’s complete no-show on offense, perpetual state of disarray on defense and lack of physicality in nearly every single one of the five games. What took place last week was a meltdown of an unacceptable degree. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

However (!), just because Vancouver lost the series does not mean Los Angeles didn’t deserve to advance. Vezina Trophy candidate (and deserving winner) Jonath...

Checkmate: Kings eliminate Canucks; move on to 2nd round for first time since 2001

The odds were on Vancouver's side, but the fates favored the Kings.

After winning the President's Trophy for the second year in a row, it seemed possible for the Canucks to make another deep Cup run. After all, they were 60 minutes from taking it all last year, losing 5-2 in the Cup Final vs. the Bruins.

The Canucks made some trades and decisions over the summer that made the difference in the late season. German defenseman Christian Ehrhoff - who put up 50 points for Vancouver in 2010-11 - was allowed to become a UFA last summer; he signed with the Buffalo Sabres. The Canucks also traded away Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm to the Florida Panthers, and rec...

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings


The Vancouver Canucks aren't exactly the most liked team in the NHL, especially after the antics of both their players and their fans in last year's playoffs. Add to that their injuries and woes this season (despite finishing first in the West), and you'll have a hard time finding too many people openly cheering for them to go too far this year. But it's hard to deny their depth and their talent. Luongo not playing well? No problem, you've got Schneider. Daniel Sedin still out with a concussion? Plenty of forwards to try and ease the pain. But on the other side of the ice is a hungry Los Angel...

Final Week Final Thoughts

Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.