We talk about “killer instinct” in hockey quite a bit. Great teams supposedly have it, and it’s a serious flaw for teams that lack it. Wow, do these Kings have it.
From the moment they scored their second goal, taking a 2-1 lead over the Coyotes in the third period of Game 3, the Los Angeles Kings completely took over the hockey game, and it was evident that the Phoenix Coyotes had zero chance of coming back from the deficit.
Relentless forecheck. Absolutely relentless. In the final three minutes of the game, the Coyotes couldn’t even skate with the puck. They may as well have not even tried. Radim Vrbata took a penalty in the final minute, but it didn’t really matter. Six-on-five, five-on-five or five-on-four, the Coyotes were just not scoring on Los Angeles in the late stages of Game 3.
They’re up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series with the Game 3 win, and they can close things out over the weekend in Game 4 at Staples Center. Phoenix brought all they had in this essential must-win, but the Kings just look like an absolute juggernaut right now. Can anybody beat them?