Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – May 21, 2012
PHOENIX 2, LOS ANGELES 0; Kings lead series 3-1
Phoenix forward Shane Doan scored two goals and goaltender Mike Smith made 36 saves to record the shutout as the Coyotes won 2-0 to stave off elimination.
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from the stars in the crowd to Shane Doan’s two goals and the changeover at Staples Center for three different playoff games in two different sports.
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Phoenix captain Shane Doan posted his second career two-goal playoff game. This was his second game winning goal of the 2012 playoffs in 15 games. He had two game winners in 39 playoff games prior to this season.
Mike Smith improved his road record in these playoffs to 5-2 with a goals against average of 1.11 and a .964 save percentage. All three of his post season shutouts have come away from Phoenix.
TRULY SPECIAL TEAM
The Coyotes penalty killing unit killed off all six Kings power plays Sunday. Phoenix has not allowed a single goal on any of the 27 power play attempts they have faced on the road in these playoffs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunday was the first time since January 12th, 2012 that the Kings trailed at home after the first period.
THEY SAID IT
“Well we lost. But it was a blast. Loving hockey! (I really hate the Coyotes.)” – Rainn Wilsonafter attending his first hockey game.
“My @LAKings lost. :(“ – Alyssa Milano
“#lakings knew that #phoenixcoyotes would come out with their best effort. They have not responded well.”” – Wil Wheaton - Frustrated Kings’ fan
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Staples Center changed over for three different playoff games in two different sports in 24 hours. . . Mike Smith robbed Kings’ forward Anze Kopitar. . . The Kings missed a chance with Mike Smith out of the net.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
New York @ New Jersey, Game 4, Rangers lead series 2-1, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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