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Match-Ups May Be Difficult For Phoenix

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Kopitar unit with Brown and Justin Williams murdered the Coyotes all night long with stretches in the Phoenix defensive zone and created numerous scoring chances aside from the two goals the line produced. The line combined for 15 shots, Brown leading the team with seven and Kopitar had six.

Know this: It’s going to be a short series unless the Coyotes find an answer for L.A.‘s top line. Martin Hanzal’s top line with Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata were mostly matched up with Kopitar and it wasn’t a good result for the Coyotes.

“I didn’t see it as just the Kopitar line,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “I thought their whole team was better than our team.

“We weren’t close in that game. We got beat in every facet of the game. Hopefully we take some lessons from it and we can be better next game.”

Tippett mixed up his top two lines in the third period, putting Whitney with Antoine Vermette and Shane Doan to try to find an equalizer.

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LA looked impressive. Phoenix was able to stiffle Chicago and Nashville, but LA ripped them apart. The game had great energy and was fast paced. LA won inspite of the fact that Quick was not great which has to really worry Phoenx. They have won games by making zero mistakes and striking when the other team faltered. It didn’t matter in this game.

Posted by timbits on 05/14/12 at 11:33 AM ET

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