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by Paul on 05/14/12 at 05:16 AM ET
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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