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Wayne Gretzky gave hockey in Los Angeles a significant boost in his eight seasons with the Kings, providing them with some cache in an overloaded market while boosting attendance and interest all the way down to the youth level.
He had a similar impact as owner and later coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, though to a different extent and without nearly as much success.
Thriving long after Gretzky was gone, the Kings and Coyotes are still reaping the benefits of the Great One's influence as they get ready to start the Western Conference finals Sunday night in the desert.
''His imprint is certainly on both teams,'' Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ''Both teams should be grateful for the imprint that he's left on them.''
Just don't expect any carry-over affection between these teams.
Bottom line is, they just don't like each other.
As Pacific Division rivals, the Kings and Coyotes play each other six times a season, enough build up animo...
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Asking a Canadian to criticize Wayne Gretzky is like asking a Catholic to criticize the Pope.
Not going to happen, said Halkirk, Alberta, native and Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
Gretzky is a Canadian icon. A sacred cow. Hes untouchable.
Aside from the wondrous things he did on the ice, the four Stanley Cups he won in Edmonton and the 61 NHL records he still...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Right now, there is no stopping the Los Angeles Kings' top line. There is only limiting it, or trying to anyway.
The Coyotes learned that the hard way Sunday night, dropping Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals 4-2 and now face the challenge of finding a way to counteract the red-hot line of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
The line combined...
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings third round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series the Western Conference Finals -- versus the Phoenix Coyotes is as follows, the Kings and the National Hockey League announced Saturday night (some of this information was announced on Thursday).
Kings at Phoenix
Sunday, May 13
TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Kings at Phoenix
Phoenix, Ariz. For the first time since midway through the first round, the Los Angeles Kings faced a decent dose of adversity.
Leading 1-0 midway through the first period and thoroughly controlling the run of play, veteran Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris let loose a 99-foot slapshot from the red line that eluded Jonathan Quick to tie the game at one. Recalling playoff memories...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dwight King scored his second goal of the game into an empty net and the Los Angeles Kings opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night to remain unbeaten on the road in the playoffs.
The Kings dominated early despite a week off and outshot Phoenix 48-27.
Anze Kopitar scored 4 minutes in, Dustin Brown had...
During Game 1 of the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes Western conference finals playoff match-up, Jonathan Quick finally looked human. Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris got a lucky bounce and was able to put the puck past Quick from center ice. I’m sure Quick wasn;t given too much flack following the game as the Kings went on to win 4-2.
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Jeff Carter still has trouble wrapping his mind around the surreal direction his hockey career has taken in the last year since the Philadelphia Flyers got rid of him and Mike Richards, his good friend and teammate.
After a stop in Columbus, Carter improbably reunited with Richards in Los Angeles...
Last night, the Los Angeles Kings jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the Phoenix Coyotes. In doing so, the Kings improved to an astonishing 6-0 on the road, and 9-1 overall during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings have had a stellar defense all season long and now seem to be clicking on the offensive side of the puck.The offensive wheels have started turning for the Kings...
3) Coyotes vs. 8) Kings How they got here…(3) Coyotes-WCQ: Beat (6) Blackhawks in 6WCS: Beat (4) Predators in 5(8) Kings-WCQ: Beat (1) Canucks in 5WCS: Beat (2) Blues in 4Season Series…Tied 3-3Previous Playoff Meetings…First meetingTale of the Tape…Forwards-Edge: Kings… Anze Kopitar. Dustin Brown. Mike Richards. Do I need to keep going?Defensemen-Edge: Coyotes…...
#3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #8 Los Angeles KingsRegular Season Series: Tied 3-3The Lead Up:The Western Conference Finals will be an All-Pacific affair with the Los Angels Kings battling the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes and Kings were not expected to make it this deep in the playoffs, and to the surprise of many have made it to this point in dominating fashion.The Kings have eliminated...
PHOENIX -- All that was missing was the howl.
The Diamondbacks staged their own "WhiteOut" in support of the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, wearing white t-shirts with the open-jawed Coyotes logo on the front during batting practice and pregame work.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, also a hockey guy, wore the t-shirt to his pregame media briefing.
The two teams seem to have...
In tonight's Western Conference Final game between the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings game, Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris scored an improvable goal on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick from center ice. Quick has been almost unbeatable through two rounds in the playoffs. This just proves that there is nothing bad about a shot on goal.
The Phoenix Coyotes will be hosting the Los Angeles Kings tonight in the first game of the Western Conference Finals.
The puck will drop shortly after 8:00pm ET and can be watched on NBCSN, TSN and RDS.
Most of expect a close, low-scoring game tonight plus the ice conditions may be a factor. Reports are the temperature nearing 105 degrees, but of course it is a dry heat.