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Discuss: Kings clinch playoff spot after powering past Coyotes

Apr 3, 2014, 1:17 AM EDT

Drew Doughty, Brandon Mcmillan AP

It was a dominating performance for the L.A. Kings, and one that punches their ticket to the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Kings were in full control over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, powering ahead to a 4-0 victory against their Pacific Division opponents, who were also looking to jump back into the top-eight teams in the Western Conference.

Let’s discuss:

  • Yes, the Coyotes were playing their second game in as many nights, and the Kings are certainly a very good team. But with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Coyotes were never able to generate a push. A single point would’ve pushed them ahead of the Dallas Stars and into the second Wild Card spot in the West. Now the Stars hold the upper hand, and with two games in hand, too.
  • The Coyotes had just 17 shots on goal. Yeah, they were shut down almost completely.
  • Had to feel for Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss. He made a huge pad save on Jeff Carter‘s late second-period breakaway to keep it a two-goal game at the time. He also made another stop off Anze Kopitar on a breakaway in the third period. This one could’ve been much worse on the score board if not for Greiss.
  • Carter would have his revenge, scoring the Kings’ third goal of the night. Game over.
  • Stanley Cup champs in 2012; Western Conference finalists in 2013. The Kings are going back to the post-season and look to be just as formidable as the previous two years. They’ve won seven of their last eight games.
  • Jonathan Quick now up to six shutouts on the season. Wasn’t overly busy in this one.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    NO! … TUCKER SHOULD ‘NOT’ BE ARRESTED !

    Another terrific article by comrade Tucker, who along with his cadre of excellent PHT journalists, is no doubt an ‘ardent & values-driven’ supporter of the glorious SC Champion LA Kings ! :)

    ps: this business about setting up an NHL hockey team in the land of ‘scorpions and 100 degree temperatures’ makes about as much sense as the WNBA setting up shop in Turkmenistan !!!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • machosasquatcho - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      go away.

    • ignath - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:34 AM

      “ps: this business about setting up an NHL hockey team in the land of ‘scorpions and 100 degree temperatures’ makes about as much sense as the WNBA setting up shop in Turkmenistan !!!”

      Makes about as much sense as any randomly chosen post by Comrade blomfeld then…

  2. charlieconway96 - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    The Kopitar/Gaborik train seems to be gaining considerable steam!

    • ignath - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:32 AM

      Gabby’s bound to get hurt then…I’m actually surprised he hasn’t injured anything coming over the wall like his old buddy in their Minny days, Marty Havlat did last year for the Sharks!

      Guy can play if he can stay healthy, but he hasn’t been able to since before his falling out in Minnesota.

  3. williplett - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Gaborik and Havlat were not with the Wild at the same time.

    • purpleguy - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Thank God.

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