LOS ANGELES The Coyotes have faced every challenge with steely resolve this season: ownership uncertainty, one of the NHLs lowest payrolls, suspensions to key players and a March slump that threatened their playoff hopes.
With their backs against the wall on Thursday at Staples Center, the last obstacle they expected was a one-sided officiating crew.
Unfortunately for the team and the league, thats what they got in a backbreaking 2-1 loss.
Lets be clear here: The Los Angeles Kings have been the better team in this Western Conference final. They have earned every ounce of this 3-0 series lead because they have dominated the Coyotes in virtually every phase of the game, whether its puck possession, forechecking, defensive-zone coverage, scoring chances or poise.
If the Kings do not hand the city of Los Angeles its first Stanley Cup in June, we will be shocked.
But late in Thursdays game, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was caught on camera berating an official for a 5-1 Los Angeles p...