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The Kings “dominated” Game 1, says Coyotes captain Doan

May 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes got off to a terrible start in their series against the Los Angeles Kings. According to coach Dave Tippett, they “got beat in every facet of the game” last night in Glendale.

But the 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference final is behind them now. Game 2 goes Tuesday evening at Arena.

“Obviously we were not close to the level we needed to be at [yesterday],” goalie Mike Smith said today. “It showed in the score, in the result in the game. We need to be a lot better. Like I said, that game’s behind us now. We have to worry about Game 2 and come out with a way better effort.”

Added Smith: “We need to be more aggressive, play more to our capabilities, not let them come at us so hard.”

The Kings out-shot the Coyotes 17-4 in the first period and 48-27 overall (though Tippett disputes the final tally.)

“They dominated,” said Phoenix captain Shane Doan.

“They’re a confident group right now. They feel they can win in every building. I think they’ve won six in a row on the road.”

Indeed they have.

And with the series shifting back to Los Angles for Game 3 and 4, Coyotes forward Boyd Gordon stated the obvious: “I think if we come out there like we did in Game 1 we’re going to be in big trouble.”

  1. mianfr - May 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The Coyotes kind of seem to be down on themselves in this one.

  2. blomfeld - May 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    “I think if we come out there like we did in Game 1 we’re going to be in big trouble” …

    It’s already too late pal ! In fact, it was too late from the moment they dropped the puck at the opening face off at last night’s game ! These “Enrons” from Phoenix are no different from the cocky Canucks or the flippant Blues, as they’re going to “get it” … and they’re going to “get it” real good ! For so many years, we Kings have essentially been toilet paper which “you” people have wiping your know-it-all asses with ! Well now the toilet paper is angry … and therefore “you” people had better watch your precious little asses !

  3. proudliberal85392 - May 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Klassy, blomfeld.

  4. namriverrat69 - May 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Doan is a pretty observant guy. The reason they are down is that they got schooled in every aspect of the game. It wasn’t just one or two things to focus on.

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