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Discuss: Kings slip by Coyotes, take 3-0 series lead

May 17, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

After two beatings in Phoenix, the Los Angeles Kings edged the Coyotes in a way that was more expected. It was a tight, well-played contest but the Kings took a 3-0 lead because they just seem … better. They won by a slim margin of 2-1 tonight but there was a sense that Los Angeles would come out on top for most of the contest – especially when Anze Kopitar erased the Coyotes’ only lead of the series in a little more than two minutes.

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Let’s get the questions rolling.

  • The Coyotes took a few tough penalties late in the third period. Did the officials drop the ball or this an example of another loss of composure for Phoenix?
  • How about Dwight King? Is he the Joel Ward/Sean Bergenheim of the 2012 playoffs? (His last name certainly encourages some great puns.)
  • Could a big weekend for the Staples Center represent the end of the road for the Coyotes on Sunday or do you think they’ll find a way to make a series of this?
  • Speaking of which, what adjustments should Dave Tippett make to avoid a sweep and possibly take it? If nothing else, the Coyotes are accustomed to surpassing peoples’ expectations.
  • Where does Anze Kopitar rank on the list of the league’s most underrated stars?
  1. itsallniceonice - May 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Anyone surprised? I predict Kings lose next game and win in 5 games. The 4th National sport of Basketball ruins the ice so the bounces don’t go the way of the Kings.

  2. dawglb - May 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    I cannot imagine anyone in either Canada or the U.S. rooting for Jeff Carter. He is the anti-hockey player. He is a baby, his work ethic has been questioned multiple times, and he did not respect the game by not reporting to Columbus, rather pouting about being traded by Philadelphia. Maybe LA is the perfect place for someone like that. But, I hate the dude.

    • taytay099 - May 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      True, but he’s also very offensively talented. You can hate him all you want, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does.

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      He’s easier to root for than Mike Smith.

    • whatthisisit - May 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      No. You are not the only one. After is attitude in Columbus, you don’t want to reward that kind of behavior.

  3. whitebearshaman - May 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    dawglb. Take it deep.

  4. bigtganks - May 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Just remember after the Canucks won the WCF last year… everyone said “Who can beat the Canucks in the East?” and the answer was “it just doesn’t matter who comes out, Canucks are just too good”

    Obviously things are different, but, NYR or NJD can beat the the Kings. May not happen, but you never know.

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      No one in the West outside of Vancouver said that last year because it was known well enough, soon or later, they were going to show their ass, and they were running out of games to do so.

  5. howardforvezina - May 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Good job Kings! I hope you guys get “it” in the end. Kings cycling of the puck is so fun to watch. I still remember that Wings game in the regular season,last season I believe, when Howard had 50+ saves and Quick had a bunch also. Quick is the best goalie in the NHL I learned it that game.

  6. blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING

    We win again friends ! :) What an epic struggle tonight and what a masterfully played game by our glorious team ! We Kings fans already knew that we were the best, but now we’re well on our way to proving that to everyone out there ! Earlier this year back in January, I had a feeling that something special was going to happen with our team ? This was evidenced by what many would call my “crazy” posts here at PHT. Well just have a look where we are now, eh ? I know that it’s wrong to jump ahead and assume things, etc … but honestly, I just can’t help myself from believing that something really special is about to unfold here ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • paledevil - May 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      sometimes a fantasy or a miracle come true…..

      enjoy !

  7. Stiller43 - May 18, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Go kings! Beat the east!

  8. highlander24 - May 18, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!

  9. dawglb - May 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Apparently, the Kings are the Washington Capitals of the West. Now, there are Kings fans all over the place. Enjoy the bandwagon ride.

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