May 13, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko (6) drops to block a shot by Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the second period of game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Kings Vs. Coyotes, Game 1: Los Angeles Holds Off Phoenix, Grabs 1-0 Series Lead

Game 1 goes to the Kings after they hung on for a 4-2 win over the Coyotes.

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Shane Doan Could Face Suspension For Trevor Lewis Hit

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan could face a suspension for his hit on Trevor Lewis in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

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Antoine Vermette's Impact Felt For Phoenix Coyotes

Antoine Vermette has also been key to their success this postseason, and he'll need to remain so to help them solve the Los Angeles Kings.

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Kings Vs. Coyotes, Game 1: L.A. Dominates, Overcomes Jonathan Quick's Gaffes

The Kings needed an empty-net goal to assure victory, but Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was right when he says Game 1 wasn't even close.

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Los Angeles Kings On Twitter: Best Of Game 1, Period 3

There were plenty of great tweets from the Kings in Period 3, but none of them can top this one. They don't even belong on the same page as this one, really.

Okay, wait. This one too:

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Dwight King's Empty Netter Stops Late Phoenix Surge

Dwight King sealed the Los Angeles Kings' Game 1 win with his second goal of the game, an empty-netter with 48 seconds left on the clock. Just a simple shot from center ice that found its way to the back of the net. No goalie in there, though. King's not Derek Morris or anything.

The Coyotes really put together a valiant effort. The Kings took 90 attempts (!) at the Coyotes net as compared to 56 attempts at the Los Angeles net by Phoenix, but somehow they were able to lay down in front of many of them. Mike Smith was solid yet again, but ultimately, you can't allow 48 shots to hit your goaltender and expect to win.

Phoenix put on a charge late before pulling Smith from his crease, but that's when Jonathan Quick shined just a little brighter than his counterpart. He may have made a mistake on the Morris goal, and he may have been partially at fault for Mikkel Boedker's goal, but Quick was great when it mattered most late in the game.

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Shane Doan Just As Strong As Dustin Brown In Game 1

There’s been a lot of talk during Game 1 about the dominant play of Dustin Brown, and it’s all absolutely deserving, but his counterpart wearing a ‘C’ for the Coyotes is doing his best to keep Phoenix in this game.

Doan has been an absolutely monster in Game 1. He’s winning all kinds of puck battles, he’s unreal on the forecheck and around the net — doesn’t matter which net, really — Doan is the last person the Kings want to see in their face. He’s hit a number of Los Angeles players both in the play and behind it, and it certainly looked like he cross-checked a Kings player up near the throat in a late third-period scrum.

Doan has never been this deep in the playoffs. He’s not leaving anything on the ice now that he’s here.

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Jordan Nolan: King Of The Flop

Get it? Because he plays for the Kings? [crickets]

Anyway, pretty solid flop job here:

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Martin Hanzal To The Box For Slashing As Jarret Stoll Evades Justice

What's the old hockey cliche? They'll always call the retaliation, even if they don't call the initial penalty? Yep, that's the one. Martin Hanzal probably should have known better. At least he left Jarret Stoll a jab he'll remember.

Still, giving the Kings a power play -- as bad as their power play may be -- while they lead by a goal in the third period is not what one wants to do.

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VIDEO: Dustin Brown Gives Kings 3-2 Lead In Third Period

It's certainly fitting that Dustin Brown has broken the 2-2 tie between the Kings and Coyotes in the third period. The Los Angeles captain has played unbelievable hockey all evening long in Game 1, and it was his laser beam of a wrist shot from 33 feet out that beat Mike Smith and gave the Kings their third lead of the hockey game, 3-2.

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It was a pretty outlet pass from Slava Voynov that beat two back-checking Coyotes to find Brown near center ice. From there, it wasn't all that hard for Brown, who simply released a gorgeous shot before Shane Doan could catch up to him.

The Kings haven't sat back since the goal, going in hard on the forecheck and pushing multiple bodies deep into the offensive end of the ice. It's admirable strategy, for sure, but you never know when that sort of play could come back to bite you in a one-goal game.

For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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Los Angeles Kings On Twitter: Best Of Game 1, Period 2

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VIDEO: Antoine Vermette Steals Puck, Sets Up Mikkel Boedker Goal; 2-2 Score

What a play by Antoine Vermette. It was pretty gutsy to jump into a play where a near-collision with goalie Jonathan Quick was a real possibility, but Vermette got past the goalie, pressured the puck away from defenseman Drew Doughty and turned it into a goalie to tie this Game 1 at 2-2.

Had Vermette taken the more conservative route to the outside of Quick, he likely wouldn't have reached Doughty in time to get the puck. Instead, he was able to deliver the hit and tap the puck over to Shane Doan, who found Mikkel Boedker all alone in front of the net for the easy goal. Quick never could really get back into position after leaving his crease, either.

For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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VIDEO: Dwight King Gives Los Angeles 2-1 Lead

Talk about textbook execution on this 2-on-1 by Mike Richards and Dwight King. Michal Roszival did all he could do on the defensive side of the puck, but Richards put the puck in a perfect spot on goaltender Mike Smith, and even with the best rebound control in the world, Smith had no choice but to put the puck right in a spot where King could deposit it into the back of the net with ease.

The 2-on-1 was cause by the pinching of the Coyotes defense. Both David Schlemko -- only in the lineup because of the injury to veteran defenseman Adrian Aucoin -- and Gilbert Brule got a little too aggressive going after the puck at the blue line, and when Richards knocked it past the defense, it was an easy go for the Kings in the other direction.

For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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Shane Doan > Mike Richards, At Least For One Faceoff

Settin' the tone. Shane Doan came to play. Other playoff cliches.

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Los Angeles Kings On Twitter: The Best Of Game 1, Period 1

First, in response to a Phoenix fan bragging about a giant flying taco:

And now to the game:

For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings Dominate Coyotes In Total First Period Shot Differential, 32-9

The Kings had 17 shots on goal in the first period. The Coyotes had four. That's ridiculously impressive for Los Angeles, but it only tells half the story.

Just look at exactly how many shots the Kings have attempted in total in comparison to Phoenix. Eleven Kings shot attempts were blocked by the Coyotes in the first 20 minutes, and L.A. missed another four attempts. That's 32 total attempts at the Coyotes goal --- in 20 minutes of hockey. Dustin Brown led the way (as you already know) with three shots on goal, two attempts blocked and one missed shot.

In addition to those four shots on goal Phoenix took, they had four missed shots and one shot blocked by the Kings. Use your math and you'll see that the total shot differential in the first period was 32 to nine, or plus-23 in favor of Los Angeles.

The score might be tied thanks to a downright silly Derek Morris goal from center ice, but Phoenix has zero chance in this game if they can't find an answer in the second and third periods.

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Watch Rostislav Klesla Take A Dustin Brown Shot To The Face

Rostislav Klesla is having a rough week. First, he was suspended for a hit in the Coyotes' series against the Nashville Predators. He missed Game 5 of the Western Semifinals as a result, and he's making his return in Game 1 against the Kings. He's already been demolished by a hit from L.A. captain Dustin Brown, and then later in the first period, Brown hit Klesla in the face with a shot:

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Tough to tell if it caught his face or the visor/helmet, but still. It definitely stung Klesla a bit.

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Not The First Time Jonathan Quick's Given Up A Center Ice Goal

Jonathan Quick gave up a center ice goal in the first period of Game 1. It was pretty hilarious (unless you're a Kings fan). Quick had to feel pretty awful afterwards, but it's okay. That's not the first time the Los Angeles goaltender has felt that way.

As our friend @Fel0096 points out, Quick gave up a similar goal to Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo back in March 2011. Here's video:

For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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VIDEO: Derek Morris Scores From Center Ice, Ties Game At 1-1

What a backbreaker. The Kings had a 13-to-four edge in shots and an absolutely dominant edge in possession time, and then Derek Morris scored from center ice at the 13:26 mark of the first period in Game 1. Seriously. If there's one thing that could have possibly gone wrong for Los Angeles with the way they've played this first period, it's this.

Talk about an awful break.

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The puck just flew all the way down the ice and utterly fooled Jonathan Quick. It was a heads-up play by Morris to shoot the puck so hard though, for sure. Quick could just never pick up the laser beam.

Bouncy pucks happen, but is it possible that puck doesn't bounce nearly that much if it's not 100-plus degrees outside in Glendale today? Or upon replay, did the puck never even bounce? Your call.

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For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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Matt Greene Penalized For High Sticking; Fair Call?

Matt Greene complained his way all the way to the penalty box after being whistled for high-sticking at the 9:56 mark of the first. Safe to say he disagreed with the call. What do you think? Was this a high-stick?

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Dustin Brown Brought His 'A' Game To Western Final

Dustin Brown has been the Kings best player all playoffs long. More of the same in the Western Conference Final? Absolutely. Poor Rusty Klesla.

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VIDEO: Anze Kopitar's Goal Gives Kings 1-0 Lead

Was only a matter of time. In the first 3:53 of the first period of Game 1, the Los Angeles Kings controlled the puck for basically the entire stretch. On the one chance Phoenix had where they controlled possession, they stuttered offsides and gave position right back to the Kings.

So when Dustin Brown drew three defenders his way near the Coyotes net and dished the puck off to a wide-open Anze Kopitar, it wasn't particularly surprising that the backhand shot found the back of the net behind Mike Smith. 1-0 Kings.

Phoenix killed a penalty after the goal, and while the Kings aren't all that great a power play team -- pretty awful, actually -- it's just a continuation of the dominance L.A. has shown so far in the hockey game.

For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check in with SB Nation Los Angeles and Jewels From The Crown.

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