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Western Conference Battle Royale: The Man (Dis)Advantage

The shortened season and two rounds of the playoffs have rushed by like a freight train. Tomorrow is the first day of June and the four best teams in the NHL take the ice in the conference finals in the quest for the Cup.

For the first time since 1945 the conference finals pit the four previous Stanley Cup Champions against one another. There’s no rest for the Kings or Blackhawks, both seventh game victors and somehow favorites to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford have led their teams from their nets. After a shaky season Quick has not only returned but improved from his Conn Smythe performance from last postsea...

Conference Finals Time and TCL Flyers Has Its Picks

The Conference Finals this year will feature no parody.

Two number ones, a number two and a number four have lasted the first two grueling rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and will now face the best of the best in their conference. In fact, all four teams remaining have each won the Cup the last four years.

The Kings are the reigning champs, the Penguins and Blackhawks are the conference favorites and the Bruins are the most physical team in the pack.

Who will move on and who will go home? Conference play starts tomorrow at 5 PM.

Western Kings

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 ...

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...