Game 1: Kings 4, Coyotes 2 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

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…

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.

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.

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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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.