May 13, 2012 4:45 pm

Game 1: Kings 4, Coyotes 2 (FINAL)

It’s not exactly traditional hockey weather here in Arizona — north of 100 degrees — and things will be heated up on the ice. It’s the Kings against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. All the action is on NBC Sports Network and on 1150-AM, 570-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well, along with a live chat with Jim Fox…

THIRD PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Smith.
Kings 3, Coyotes 2: The Kings took the lead for a third time on Dustin Brown’s goal 2:11 into the period. Brown took a perfect outlet pass from Slava Voynov, got a step on Rostislav Klesla and took the puck to the net. Brown fired a shot from just inside the right circle and beat Smith. Justin Williams also picked up an assist.
Kings 4, Coyotes 2: Dwight King scored an empty-net goal with 48 seconds remain to clinch the victory. Willie Mitchell picked up an assist.

SECOND PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Smith.
Kings 2, Coyotes 1: The Kings regained the lead 8:02 into the second period. King pushed the puck to Mike Richards in the neutral zone, and they started a 2-on-2 break. Richards kept the puck and shot, and Smith made the save, but King whacked at the rebound from close range and put the puck in the net. Trevor Lewis also picked up an assist.
Kings 2, Coyotes 2: The Coyotes tied the game with 1:55 remaining in the period. The puck went behind the Kings’ net and Quick unnecessarily went to stop it up. Quick had to scramble to get back to the front, just as Mikkel Boedker took a centering pass from Shane Doan and scored on a close-range one-timer. Derek Morris also picked up an assist.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Coyotes 17-14 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

FIRST PERIOD
Officials: Kevin Pollock, Brad Watson (referees); Shane Heyer, Jay Sharrers (linesmen).
LIneups: Kyle Clifford, Davis Drewiske, Andrei Loktionov and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ scratches.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Coyotes’ Mike Smith.
Kings 1, Coyotes 0: The Kings took the lead 3:53 into the game. Dustin Brown took the puck toward the net and, after it momentarily got poked away, pushed it toward Anze Kopitar. Kopitar cut to the front of the net and beat Smith with a backhand shot from the slot. Drew Doughty also picked up an assist.
Kings 1, Coyotes 1: The Coyotes tied the game on a goal from the red line. Derek Morris controlled the puck a couple steps into his own zone, then wound up for a slap shot when the puck directly on the red line. The puck hit Quick, then trickled past him and into the net. Daymond Langkow picked up an assist.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Coyotes 17-4 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. The Coyotes will be on the power play for the first 1:42 of the second period.

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