May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) blocks a shot against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of game four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
#8 Los Angeles Kings at #3 Phoenix Coyotes, Game 5, 9:00 ET, NBC and CBC. Kings lead series 3-1.
Take 2. The Kings look to close the series out one more time as they take on the Coyotes on Arizona ice. I'm not sure if the LA boys thought it would be easy or if they just had an off game—much like game 4 against the Vancouver Canucks—but the Phoenix boys certainly took it to 'em on Sunday. Mind you, it's on the road where the Kings have really shined as they are yet undefeated away from the not-as-busy-now Staples Center (Clippers, wtf happened?). It will certainly be interesting to see how Jonathan Quick responds to letting in so many pucks. He tends to tighten up his game after this kind of thing. The best thing the Kings can do for themselves, though, is start scoring on the power play. Since game 2, they have amassed only 3 (THREE) PP goals in 58 (FIFTY-EIGHT) attempts, good for an incredibly dismal 8.6% success rate over the playoffs. That is bad, my friends.
The Yotes just need to do what they did in Game 4: hot goaltending, hot Shane Doan.