Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – May 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES 4, PHOENIX 0; Kings lead series 2-0
Jeff Carter scored a natural hat trick to lead the Kings to their record tying seventh straight road playoff win to start the post season. Los Angeles has equaled the mark set by the 1980 New York Islanders and the 1999 Colorado Avalanche.
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from the heat in Phoenix to another amazing save by Mike Smith to a hat trick that drew comparisons to Wayne Gretzky.
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FOLLOW THE LEADER
The Kings have not trailed in a game since the first period of Game One against the St Louis Blues.
Percentage of time the Kings have led in these playoffs: 49%
Percentage of time the Kings have been tied in these playoffs: 39.3%
Percentage of time the Kings have trailed in these playoffs: 11.7%
FEELING AT HOME ON THE ROAD
The Kings have won nine straight road playoff games dating back to last year. This matches the record set by the New York Islanders (1982-83). In those nine victories, Jonathan Quick has a 1.21 goals against average and a .961 save percentage.
Rookie Dwight King continued to have the hot hand. He scored his third goal in two games. He has four playoff goals, the most by a Kings rookie since Warren Rychelhad six during Los Angeles’ 1993 run to the Stanley Cup Final.
DID YOU KNOW?
Jeff Carter’s hat trick was the first by a Kings player in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky did it against Toronto in Game 7 of the Conference Final on May 29, 1993.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Mike Smith made 36 saves in a losing cause, none better than the windmill stop he made in the third period. . . Los Angeles is the first team to win ten of their first 11 games since the 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins. . . Coyotes fan Alice Cooper attended the game and talked about his favorite hockey memories and love of the game.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ NY Rangers, Game 2, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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