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Discuss: Coyotes beat Kings, live to play another game

May 20, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

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Mike Smith stopped 36 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes avoided the sweep with a 2-0 victory over the Kings Sunday in Los Angeles.

A few points to consider in the comments section:

— The Coyotes looked like dead men walking in the first period, but they survived two early L.A. man advantages, then all of a sudden Shane Doan snuck a power-play goal by Jonathan Quick at 14:19.

— The goaltender interference minor Justin Williams took to put Phoenix on the aforementioned power play wasn’t the most blatant infraction you’ll ever see.

— L.A.’s power play failed to convert again today, marking their ninth oh-for of the playoffs. The 2011 Boston Bruins don’t think it’s a big deal though.

— This was the second time the Kings failed to sweep a team in the postseason. They lost Game 4 of their first-round series versus Vancouver before winning Game 5 on the road.

— Could today’s loss end up a blessing in disguise for the Kings? They’ve had a ton of down time already and another long layoff might not be optimal. This theory becomes null and void if they lose Tuesday or suffer a key injury.

— The Staples Center is now 0-3 on the weekend, and will move to 0-4 if the Spurs beat the Clippers tonight. (Which they probably will.)

— Plenty of budget-friendly tickets to Game 5 Tuesday at Arena. Starting at $31 on

  1. cardsandbluesforever - May 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    coyotes seem to have figured out the kings riddle.
    out work the kings and be just as agressive on the forecheck
    dont be goaded into taking penalties retaliating against hacks and whacks by the kings
    be agressive on the puck at all times
    box the kings to the outside when in the defensive end
    make good tape to tape passes and make the kings chase the puck.
    get the early lead and hang onto it- the kings get frustrated quickly because they arent used to that situation and they arent built to chase leads.

    if the coyotes can win tuesday the same way they did today the kings ( who i think are just about out of gas) very well may fall apart.

    i saw a lot of cracks in the armor of LA today, im sure the coyotes did too and took plenty of notes

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      sorry friend, but that’s nothing more than wishful thinking on your part … even by playing a bad game and subsequently losing today, your Coyotes were outplayed by the Kings in every facet of the game … and besides, in the big picture this was probably the best thing that could have happened … too much down time at this time of year is not a good thing … we go back to Qatar now, sorry I mean Phoenix, and in all likelihood we’ll finish the job then … if not, then we’ll do it back at Staples in game 6 …

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

      ps: besides, the logistics of winning the series today would not have been good 😉

      • cardsandbluesforever - May 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        sorry, not a coyotes fan. read my name a little closer- I bleed BLUE.

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        sorry there cardsandbluesforever … to quote that brilliant and illustrious statesman George Bush … “you’re either with us or you’re against us” …

        LONG LIVE THE KINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        “i’ve seen more embellishment and diving out of the Kings through their entire playoff run than i saw out of the Canucks through the entire regular season” … cardsandbluesforever @ May 18th

        Let it be known that “you” sir are a fraud ! This statement of yours which you made only two days ago here at PHT, proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” that your are indeed a Coyotes fanatic ! Well fair enough, as we have no quarrel with loyal supporters of other teams. Nonetheless, this attempt of yours to cunningly mask your true colors, does nothing but bring you to the attention of my gun captains ! … I wish you well …

      • cardsandbluesforever - May 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        no sir not a cotyotes fan. im watching the series to see other teams play against the kings after we got swept to see what works against that team. i do know not putting in a 100% effort for a full 60 minutes each game had a lot to do with it but i know that wasnt the only problem.

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        Looky here friend ! … this by God is what’s gonna happen come Tuesday night !

    • hrudey - May 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Yes, the Coyotes figured out how to win one game, but unless my memory fails me, it’s not like there have been any sweeps this postseason, except for maybe one . . . oh, yeah, that one. It’s the playoffs. Nobody wants to go home, and nobody expected Phoenix to roll over. Now we’ll have to see if they can do it again, and again, and one more time, or if the Kings can put this away with road-ice advantage in game 5.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - May 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Blomfeld where you at you lunatic idiot?

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      I’m right here “fish breath” … happily watching our glorious LA Kings make history ! The question is why are you here ? Your team ranks in the bottom half of the league, their name is an insult to the Shark species at large and all you ever seem to do around here at PHT is spew venom ? As my old high school football coach used to say … “either put up or shut up !” …

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

  3. cannonaz - May 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    GO YOTES!!

  4. proudliberal85392 - May 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM


    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      yes, I’m right here … are you asking me a question or something ? … oh I get it, the Kings lost today for the first time since April 18th and you want an explanation … is that it ? … well let me ask you then … is this supposed to be Western Conference Championship series or just a ruthless execution ? … we lost a game, so big deal ? … look for the Kings to finish the job in game 5 back in Qatar and that’ll be the end of that ! :)

  5. proudliberal85392 - May 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Go Coyotes!!! The comeback has started.

    • comeonnowguys - May 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      And apparently the drinking and the weed-smoking? :)

  6. sjsharksfan11 - May 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    I’m her because I’m a hockey fan and don’t ride a high horse like you. Been here before you’re queens became relevant which is when you came along. I love the game of hockey. You’re a clown. My team can be the worst in the game and I’d still love em to death.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      sjsharksfan11 … I started horseback riding in 1972 when I was 13 years old and I’ve been a Kings fan since 1973. Look, I commend you for your loyalty towards your team and your love of the game. Nonetheless, I do frown upon your usage of venom as a means to communicate. There is a better way friend ! :)

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      @sharksfan: you’re one of the guys that wanted to see the best player in the game have his career cut short by a serious injury. You have no right to call yourself a hockey fan or to call anyone else a clown.

    • hrudey - May 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      You’re here because your idol Ryane Clowe made it cool for Sharks and Sharks fans to participate when they’re no longer a part of the game. The simple truth: even after yesterday’s loss, if you took away 10 Kings wins this postseason, they’d still have a better record in these playoffs than the Sharks. It’s not about you, it hasn’t been about you since you were a smear in the Blues’ rear view mirror, and just like every season around Cup time, it won’t be about you again.

      As a Kings fan, there are few teams that don’t have the right to talk about our franchise’s inability to ever be relevant in the playoffs, but the Sharks are one of them and your ankle-biting grows tiresome. You are dismissed.

  7. sjsharksfan11 - May 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM


  8. nyrangersfan - May 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I was shocked that the Kings lost. It’s the same thing that happened with Vancouver, they lost one then ended the series.

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      its not that the kings lost, its how they lost. their own gameplan got used against them and it really took the wind out of thier sails. the look on all the kings faces on the bench throughout the 2nd and 3rd period says a lot.

      • comeonnowguys - May 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Or… perhaps that old addage that “You can’t win ’em all” rings true?

        I mean, unless you play the Blues, of course.

  9. ynothockey - May 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Tickets available on stubhub. Buy a ticket and come down to Phoenix for the game Jason. I’ll buy ya a beer an show you there are true passionate hockey fans in AZ.

  10. sonofsuzycreamcheese - May 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Don’t worry, everything is fine. Just a little reality check for the Kings. They’ll be coming out strong on Tuesday.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      That’s the spirit friend ! :) … there’s sure to be a little “dust up” there in Phoenix come Tuesday night, with our Kings putting away these “Yotes” for good ! :)

      • wicky888 - May 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        You have issues

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