Kings Vs. Coyotes, Game 3: Los Angeles Grabs 3-0 Series Lead

The Phoenix Coyotes hung with the Los Angeles Kings for most of Game 3, but in the end, L.A. was again too much to handle, expanding their series lead to 3-0.

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Los Angeles Kings Centers Pace Club To Another Win

Dominant play from Kings centers Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll -- oh, and Mike Richards too -- leaves opponents powerless to match lines or win the puck for long.

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Anze Kopitar Knots Score At 1-1

The Coyotes had the lead for two minutes and seven seconds. 2:07. That’s it.

Just after the Kings had allowed the Coyotes to skate through the neutral zone with ease on their opening goal from Daymond Langkow, Phoenix gave the favor right back. Dustin Brown fed Anze Kopitar from blue line to blue line, and Kopitar fooled young Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone, who pinched up just a little too far.

Kopitar made him pay for it, streaking free, accepting the gorgeous outlet pass from Brown and skating in clear on Mike Smith’s net. A little forehand-to-backhand move was all it took on the breakaway to beat the Phoenix netminder. It’s all it took to even the score up at 1-1. Justin Williams was credited with the secondary assist on Kopitar’s fifth goal of the playoffs.

For all news and information regarding the Phoenix Coyotes, please visit Five for Howlingor stop by SB Nation Arizona. For updates and perspective on the Los Angeles Kings, head on over to Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Daymond Langkow's First Goal Of Postseason Gives Coyotes 1-0 Lead

That is a huge goal for the Phoenix Coyotes. They’ve grabbed the lead for the first time in the series thanks to Daymond Langkow’s first goal of the postseason at the 1:03 mark of the second period. It’s 1-0 Phoenix.

Remember how we were talking about the ease in which the teams were moving through the neutral zone? It’s continued into the second period, and it was evident on the goal.

Keith Yandle threaded a pass through a gap in the Kings defense, feeding Langkow right at the opposite blue line, where he was able to dash through Los Angeles’ last line of defense and in on goal all alone. The 23-foot wrister found a hole in Jonathan Quick and gave the Coyotes their first lead of the series.

For all news and information regarding the Phoenix Coyotes, please visit Five for Howling or stop by SB Nation Arizona. For updates and perspective on the Los Angeles Kings, head on over to Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Coyotes Vs. Kings Lineup: Marc-Antoine Pouliot To Replace Martin Hanzal

With Martin Hanzal out of the Phoenix Coyotes lineup in Game 3 of the Western Conference final due to suspension, head coach Dave Tippett needs to make a few adjustments. According to the Los Angeles Times, Tippett will replace Hanzal in the lineup with forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

Pouliot played three games in the Western Conference semifinals against the Nashville Predators, but has yet to step into the lineup against the Los Angeles Kings. He's a defensive-minded depth forward who can play any forward position, so he'll give Tippett a bit of versatility in trying to combat what has quickly become a potent Los Angeles offense.

That's the only change expected in the Game 3 lineup for the Coyotes, who need a big win at Staples Center on Thursday evening to keep the series against the Kings interesting. Captain Shane Doan was not suspended for his hit on Trevor Lewis in Game 2 and will be in the lineup on Thursday night.

Lewis will also be in the lineup for the Kings. He told the Times that he did not break his nose on the hit from delivered by Doan and that he was cleaned up after a few stitches. Captain Dustin Brown is also fine after the suspension-worthy hit from Hanzal.

The Kings are expected to welcome Colin Fraser back to the lineup after he sat out Game 2 due to personal reasons. He played 7:31 in Game 1.

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