As soon as the puck made that sound, you knew it was in. That’s not a sound we hear often when pucks strike hockey goals, so you knew it had to hit something inside the net. It wasn’t the post -- that’s for sure.
Shane Doan ripped a shot on net off an offensive zone face off win. It struck Rob Scuderi’s stick in front of the net and beat Jon Quick over the shoulder, entering the net and striking the TV camera inside. It bounced right back out as a few Coyotes players celebrated, but the sequence happened so quickly that the play continued. Los Angeles took the puck down the other end of the ice and even wound up with a shot on goal, but that’ll be stricken from the official record.
It’s the first time the Kings have allowed back-to-back goals from their opponent since Game 4 against the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Quarterfinals. That also happened to be their last (and only) loss in these playoffs.
The goal is really just a result of the Coyotes dictating this game. The Kings have been doing just that all series long, but if Phoenix keeps this up in Game 4, they’re going to live to see another day.