Posted May 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Phoenix Coyotes had every reason to concede the Western Conference finals to the Los Angeles Kings. They had been overwhelmed in opener, lost their composure in Game 2 and found themselves on the brink of elimination despite playing better the third game. Even with a sweep, it would have been considered a good season in Phoenix. That's just not the makeup of this team. These desert dogs are at their best when cornered and they took the first step toward digging out of a monumental hole by beating the Kings 2-0 in Los Angeles on Sunday. There's still a long way to go, starting with Game 5 Tuesday night in the desert, but a chance, even just a slight one, is all this team seems to need. ''We had no other choice; if we didn't show up yesterday, we wouldn't be talking today,'' Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata said Monday after Phoenix's optional practice at Arena. ''We're in the same situation tomorrow. We put ourselves in ...

Can Mike Smith be fined for his post game comments?

After listening to Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith's post game comments the first thing that came to mind was, the NHL could levy a fine against Smith for his post game comments about the officials.  I will be the first one to admit that the NHL on ice officiating has been really poor during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but everyone has has had to play through...

Coyotes beat Kings to avoid sweep

Shane Doan scored two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Phoenix Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who escaped a series sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings' eight...

Check out this clever Reebok ad featuring Jonathan Quick found outside the Staples Center

When I go to bed with my wife I know I’m not going to score either, and she doesn’t even own a Kings jersey. These ads, presumably put up by Reebok, can be found in and around the Staples Center area of Los Angeles, and while they reference a sex joke by playing on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick’s last name, they aren’t in the least bit offensive.  Dare I say it, they are...

Phoenix Coyotes Force A Game Five, LA Kings Now Lead Series 3-1

Just when you think the Phoenix Coyotes are running on fumes, they play their best game of the series and defeat the LA Kings 2-0. Game 5 will be in Phoenix on Tuesday night and if the Coyotes can pull out another win, anything can happen. Shane Doan had both goals today and here is the game winner and enjoy Bob Cole of HNIC with the call…

Power play, net presence absent in Kings' loss

There may be a few dents in the Los Angeles Kings' seemingly impenetrable shell, after all. By dropping a 2-0 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, the Kings lost for the first time in over a month and showed that home close-out games while nursing a three-games-to-none series lead don't necessarily bring out the best of their recent playoff...

Open Post- Game 5 WCF, Kings Lead Series 3-1 Over Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes need to win, the LA Kings would like to win. Game 5, just after 9:00pm ET puck-drop and can be viewed on NBCSN, CBC and RDS. In the video below, Doug MacLean and Jeff Marek of Sportsnet discuss the series and tonight’s game.

L.A. Kings Brilliant Infographic

<a href="" class="moshare-button-hor" data-channel="wordpress-1.2.8" data-message="In an effort to straighten out all of the confusion lately, the L.A. Kings have put together a handy little information graphic, most likely directed at the local TV stations that have apparently not heard of the LOS ANGELES Kings...

Video: Dustin Penner’s rebound goal clinches Stanley Cup Finals trip for Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are going back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993, when they lost the series 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens.  With a roster tweaked with the acquisitions of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, while retaining the core led by Dustin Brown, the later part of the season saw the Kings make a comeback to relevance from obscurity with...

Coyotes Follow Their Leader

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, “There’s a resiliency to this group,” Tippett said. “Every team gets an identity. There are different forms of it. But the resiliency of this group is part of the identity. People don’t think we can do things, well, it’s like the group is saying, `We’ll show you.’” That identity starts with the head coach. Has there been a better coaching...

Coyotes Have Another Chance

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, About the best thing you can say about the Coyotes’ chances is that there is still a chance. Had they come up flat one more time – during Sunday’s 2-0 victory in the fourth game of the series – they would have been busy preparing for the off-season and parrying questions about their future in the desert (nothing new on the Greg...

According to the NHL, the Kings are DOOOOMED

Hi, welcome back to Barry Melrose Rocks. We have been watching hockey, and haven't been able to write about hockey. The NHL HAS been writing about hockey though. The Los Angeles Kings are up 3-1 on the Phoenix Coyotes, but they lost their Sunday game, which totally derails the momentum they had built. Or something. Bring on the negativity,! Kings know they have to refocus...

Coyotes’ Winning Formula

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, All of L.A.’s loyal supporters - including that new hardcore puck daddy, David Beckham, who his children in tow - were at Staples Centre in anticipation of a coronation. Even that much-sought-after trophy, the Clarence Campbell Bowl, was in the building, along with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who generally presides over these ceremonies...

The Los Angeles Kings Will Represent The Western Conference In The Stanley Cup Final

Dustin Penner’s OT goal sends the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final. The final score was 4-3 in a very hard fought game.
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