The Key Three: May 20 - LA Kings Insider

The Kings didn’t lose because they played an afternoon game — see: St. Louis, Game 4, vs. — or because of whatever magical, mysterious powers some people believe an assistant coach has over a power play. The Kings lost because the Phoenix Coyotes are a very strong team, and they have a very well-defined way that they like to play hockey, and when they do it for 60 minutes, and when the other team isn’t at its best, the Coyotes are difficult to beat. That’s the essence of it. The Kings looked strong in the first half of the first period, but after the Coyotes scored, the Kings looked like a team that didn’t quite know how to handle a little adversity. The Kings have had a shockingly little amount of adversity in this postseason, and when some came their way in the first period yesterday, and when the Kings didn’t get an immediate “push-back’’ goal, they seemed to drift away from their game a bit and couldn’t quite get back to it.

Mike Smith was huge for the Coyotes, and moreover, the Coyotes’ sharp puck movement helped prevent the Kings from establishing much of a forecheck game. The Kings outshot the Coyotes by a wide margin, but the Coyotes seemed comfortable because, other than some stretches in the first period, Smith kept it relatively clean in terms of rebounds, and the Kings weren’t able to maintain much sustained pressure. The Kings also got burned on special teams, as they allowed a power-play goal for the first time in this series and they — meaning the players actually on the ice — went scoreless in more than nine minutes of power-play time. If the Kings, even subconsciously, started to think that playoff hockey was easy, they got a dose of reality on Sunday. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 2-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: May 20

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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