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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... Controversy aside, the reality is that the best team clearly won the series. There’s no denying that. And while you have to admire the incredible tenacity the Coyotes showed right to the end, playing a superb game Tuesday night in trying to stay alive, the deeper and more talented squad is representing the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals.
One could hear the hooting and hollering outside the Kings’ room before the media was allowed to enter. This was a special moment for a young team that barely made the playoffs. Now they’re playing the best hockey in the NHL.
“It’s crazy,” said Kings star blueliner Drew Doughty, who was Olympic-great Tuesday night. “I still don’t know what to say about it. We’re so happy about it. We’re in the Stanley Cup finals. That’s what we’ve dreamt of our whole lives.”
When presented with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Brown refused to touch it as many captains also do out of superstition. Wrong trophy.
“It’s called the Stanley Cup playoffs for a reason,” Brown said.
If you don’t mind a bunch of screaming and yelling, watch Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick discuss the Dustin Brown hit on Michal Rozsival.
Dustin Penner’s OT goal sends the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final.
The final score was 4-3 in a very hard fought game.
added 12:49am, Here is Penner’s OT goal…
added 12:52am, Longer version of he Penner goal is below, Bob Cole with the call…
added 12:57am, The 2nd video below is the HNIC version of the handshake line. Would love to find out what Shane Doan said to Dustin Brown.
added 1:03am, The 3rd video below is the Dustin Brown hit on Michal Rozsival in OT. What do you think, was it a no-call?
The Phoenix Coyotes need to win, the LA Kings would like to win.
Game 5, just after 9:00pm ET puck-drop and can be viewed on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
In the video below, Doug MacLean and Jeff Marek of Sportsnet discuss the series and tonight’s game.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
In that, a complete contrast to heart-on-his-sleeve Brian, who camouflaged nothing. And whose pride in possibly adding a Stanley Cup coaching championship in the family is plain for all to see, too.
“It’d be pretty special for Darryl,’’ says big brother. “I mean, you’re the eighth seed and you had to fight to get into the playoffs right until the end of the season. That’s something.
“It would mean a lot, I know. He’s been through a lot of conference finals, both as a player and as a coach.
“I was thinking the other day about Rob Ramage leaving us in St. Louis, and Dougie Gilmour and Joey Mullen and Mark Hunter — we were a farm team for the Calgary Flames in those days. Our guys went to Calgary from St. Louis and they all won a Cup together.
“When that happens, there is a touch of envy involved, almost to the point of feeling a little jealous. But mostly you’re extremely happy and proud of them.
“It takes a lot of dedication, commitment and sacrifice. Darryl went through a lot of things in Calgary. It makes you just about puke listening to what people have to say. But he’s showing everybody what it’s all about now and some people in Calgary should pay attention.
“They might learn something.’’
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
All of L.A.’s loyal supporters - including that new hardcore puck daddy, David Beckham, who his children in tow - were at Staples Centre in anticipation of a coronation. Even that much-sought-after trophy, the Clarence Campbell Bowl, was in the building, along with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who generally presides over these ceremonies.
But the Coyotes, using a formula that coach Dave Tippett describes on a daily basis as “hanging around the game” hung around this one long enough to put the Kings to sleep. It was their usual classic formula, opportunistic on offence, steady on defence, Smith there to bail them out as needed. It would still take a comeback of epic proportions for Phoenix’s victory to be more than an historical footnote, but the Coyotes now live to play another day - and L.A.’s path to their first Stanley Cup final in 19 years is on hold, for the moment anyway.
“A loss is a loss,” assessed Kings’ forward Justin Williams. “We’ve had a good run, but the next game, Game 5, we’re going to have to come back with a lot of spunk, because they pushed us tonight.”
Doan, for one, appeared unwilling to have the Coyotes’ season end, on the road, in four quick easy steps, which is how it was looking. He elevated his game, as did his centre Antoine Vermette, who had a strong day in the face-off circle and won the most important draw of the night, cleanly and precisely, from Mike Richards to set up Doan’s second, insurance goal.
Just when you think the Phoenix Coyotes are running on fumes, they play their best game of the series and defeat the LA Kings 2-0.
Game 5 will be in Phoenix on Tuesday night and if the Coyotes can pull out another win, anything can happen.
Shane Doan had both goals today and here is the game winner and enjoy Bob Cole of HNIC with the call…
Game time is just after 3:00pm ET and can be viewed on NBC, CBC and RDS.
Is this it today, will the LA Kings be the Western Conference representative in the Stanley Cup Final?
I can’t see Phoenix winning so the Kings will sweep the series with a 3-2 win today.
Let the on-ice celebration begin, but not too long, remember there is an NBA game to be played in the evening.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For core Kopitar, Brown, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, this is all new. They had never won a playoff round before, let alone had a chance to get to a Stanley Cup finals. Sunday will test their ability to focus.
“You continue to try to harp detail on them,” Sutter said when asked about his team’s ability to not look ahead. “Hopefully they have the preparation skills to do that.”
Sutter later added: “You have to be able to channel all that, because if you don’t, it doesn’t work, right? There has to be discipline and control. I’m not a rocket scientist, they are people.”...
“Everyone talks about getting to the Stanley Cup finals, but I can only speak for myself, playing in that game tomorrow is pretty fun as well,” Brown said. “It’s one of those things where you have to really enjoy the journey. We’re one game away from the Cup finals. These games are tough, though.”
The Kings, to a man, say they’re just trying to enjoy the journey while staying in the moment.
“Experience is experience, right? It’s awesome for the young guys,” Sutter said. “They haven’t had it, most of them hadn’t even won a playoff game. So why not experience the experience? It’s the best part of it. Why shouldn’t they be able to do that. It’s the only way you get it, otherwise you go watch another team play.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It doesn’t matter how well the Coyotes defend at this stage of the game. If Phoenix wants to avoid a sweep in Sunday afternoon’s fourth game at Staples Centre, they’ll simply need to score more goals. All the talk about diving and embellishment is just window dressing. Somebody on the Coyotes’ side needs to get more pucks behind Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick, a Vezina Trophy finalist, who is winning the netminding duel so far in the series.
According to Coyotes’ coach Dave Tippett, the first period of Thursday night’s third game – in which Phoenix actually held an edge on the shot clock and played its most inspired hockey of the series – was really the only time they made life hard for Quick.
“Until we continue to test him for an extended period of time,” said Tippett, “he hasn’t had it very tough down there.
“They’ve done a good job of protecting him, but I don’t think we’ve created enough around him.
“That’s the thing I’m most critical of our group about – finding opportunities.”
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