May 17, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT
“Finally,” the Phoenix Coyotes must have thought. Daymond Langkow split the Los Angeles Kings’ defense and beat Jonathan Quick to collect a 1-0 tally for the Coyotes first lead of the series, their third goal of the Western Conference finals and his first of the 2012 playoffs. Yet that lead lasted about two minutes as Dustin Brown sent a long pass to Anze Kopitar, who managed to split a backhander by Mike Smith:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
This isn’t the first time the Kings have squashed momentum with stunning speed. They hadn’t trailed since Game 1 of the St. Louis Blues series and answered possible change-of-pace goals with daunting speed last round, something that made Ken Hitchcock take notice.
If you want a movie-world equivalent, think of it this way. When a team scores against the Kings, they react so quickly that they resemble the evil cyborg T-1000 chasing down a motorcycle in “Terminator II.” (A movie that released in the meat of the franchise’s last great era, by the way.)
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