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Open Post- Game 5 WCF, Kings Lead Series 3-1 Over Coyotes

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.

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Brian Sutter On Darryl Sutter

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.’’


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Coyotes’ Winning Formula

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.


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Phoenix Coyotes Force A Game Five, LA Kings Now Lead Series 3-1

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…

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Open Post- Game 4 WCF, Will The Kings Sweep The Coyotes Today?

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.

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Kings Need To Stay Focused

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.”


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Coyotes Must Beat Quick

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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Kings Getting Noticed

from Mark Pargas of the New York Times,

The Los Angeles Kings are on a bit of a roll in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But around New York, they cannot seem to rouse contempt for themselves or fans like me. And that is really what all fans want for their teams. You cannot turn around in any city in the United States without running into a Detroit Red Wings fan. They are all over the place, and the world is a little less peaceful for that reason, God bless them.

The Red Wings, who have an extensive alumni group of top players and have maintained their colors and team crest unchanged, have won 11 championships.

The Kings, on the other hand, have adopted a number of identities since their inaugural season in 1967-68. They have made one appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, in 1993, with Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Dave Taylor, Kelly Hrudey, Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake. That did not end well.

Since then, the Kings have not been consistent winners or thorns in the side of another team. But the current players, with their swarming forecheck and the level of excitement they take to the rink, are beginning to turn heads the way the stars in the stands at Staples Center do.


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It Will Be One Big Mess In LA

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the same day the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings play the Phoenix Coyotes with a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup final, their NBA brethren, the Los Angeles Clippers, will be home for a playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs in the same facility.

The Kings game is scheduled to start at noon local time; the Clippers at 7:30 p.m.

And if that wasn’t enough sporting distractions, the eighth stage of the Amgen Tour of California – sponsored by AEG, and billed as America’s biggest bicycle race – is scheduled to finish just outside Staples at 11:45 a.m.

It promises to be one grand, ungodly mess – or what Lee Zeidman, vice-president and general manager of Staples Center, called “an unprecedented weekend” for the city and facility.

The Kings are taking all the necessary precautions, installing their players and staff in a nearby hotel Saturday, so they will be close by Sunday. But even with AEG’s massive clout – it owns the arena, Kings, and the bike race – the NHL team couldn’t get into either of the hotels beside the arena

Instead, they are a couple of blocks away. And the players, like the fans, will need to cross Figueroa on a pedestrian bridge erected just for the occasion – or risk getting run over by the cyclists as they race to the finish line.


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Dealing With A Diver

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I have always admired the quiet leadership and aggressive, hard-hitting play that Dustin Brown has demonstrated throughout his NHL career, similarly to how I described Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators in a previous column. Last night, the similarity between Brown and Neil did not just end with these admirable characteristics but also in a successful effort to draw a penalty by embellishing the push/shove of the stick by Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Brown’s reaction was not proportional to the force exerted by Ekman-Larsson but was rewarded with a power play in a city where Oscar’s are given for outstanding performances. Dustin Brown’s was not that deserving in this case.

For tough, hard-nosed players such as Brown, Neil and others, it is most unbecoming when they employ this tactic. It does harm to their reputation and they join an undesirable list of known offenders when their embellishment causes embarrassment to the referee and the game.


Watch the “outstanding performance” from Brown below…

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