May 15, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was a bad, bad boy. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
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1 8 Los Angeles Kings, Game 3, 9:00 Eastern, NBC Sports and TSN. Kings lead series 2-0
The Kings definitely aren't playing like an 8th seed. And if they keep playing as they have, the Kings will have plenty of rest before facing the winner of the East Conf Finals. The Coyotes' frustration really got to them in Game 2, and the cheap shots were flying. Martin Hanzal got a one-game suspension out of it. On the other side of the coin, Jeff Carter scored a hat trick to not only seal the deal, but also to become the first player to record a hat trick for the Kings in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky did it against Toronto in 1993.
Coming into a loud Staples Center isn't going to make things any easier for Phoenix. The city of Los Angeles is riding high on three teams in the playoffs, and right now, the Kings are looking the best of them all. The fans will be loud. The energy will be insane. And the Kings can bring themselves within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight.