Photos: Kings beat Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to win West

Photos: Kings beat Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to win West

Photos: Kings beat Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to win West

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by Collin Fleming

azfamily.com

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 10:31 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.

Fighting for their playoff lives, the Coyotes put it all on the line, and it showed early on. 

The Coyotes came howling right out of the gates creating scoring chances left and right.

On a breakaway, the Coyotes were able to force Kings defense man Drew Doughty to commit a delay-of-game penalty just 2:47 into the contest. 

On the Power Play the Coyotes answered the call with Taylor Pyatt redirecting the blast by Martin Hanzal to put the Desert Dogs on the board early making it 1-0. 

However, the Kings wasted no time to respond as Anze Kopitar was able to light the lamp short-handed for LA and make it a 1-1 game after the first period.

In the second, it appeared the Coyotes had all the momentum coming into the period and it showed when Marc-Antoine Pouliot was able to bury his first goal of the post season to give the Coyotes the 2-1 lead. 

From there, the LA Kings realized it was time to put the game away and turned on the heat. 

They were able to get score goals from Drew Doughty and Mike Richards just 2:34 apart to make it 3-2 Kings and it appeared the Kings were not letting the lead go. 

However, with 3:37 left in the second the Coyotes got the spark they needed when Taylor Pyatt bounced a puck off the leg of Keith Yandle to tie the match up at 3 apiece.

To start out the third the Coyotes had a golden opportunity to take all the momentum when Jarrett Stoll and Matt Greene were each charged minor penalties giving the Coyotes a 5-on-3 advantage.

The Coyotes were able to generate excellent scoring chances on the 5-on-3 but could not find the back of the net before Martin Hanzal was charged with an interference penalty and the Coyotes were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. 

From there the elite goal tenders took over.  Mike Smith and Jonathan Quick were standing on their heads, making save after save, eventually forcing an extra period of play.

To start the overtime period, the Kings were on the Power Play due to a Derek Morris delay-of-game penalty which occurred in the waning seconds of regulation. 

Then in overtime, after a questionable hit by Dustin Brown, the Coyotes were irate. 

Then, on the very next play Dustin Penner was able to bury the overtime winner and the Kings advanced the Stanley Cup Final.

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