The Phoenix Coyotes
finally solved the Los Angeles Kings
' phenomenal penalty kill on Sunday afternoon.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan
ended the Kings' remarkable streak at 30 consecutive successful kills when he beat Jonathan Quick
at 14:19 of the opening period. The goal proved to be the game-winner, as Phoenix staved off elimination with a 2-0 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at the Staples Center.
It was the first goal for Doan in five games, and he added an insurance tally midway through the second period to help send the series back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Tuesday night. Doan's first goal was also his club's first on the power play in since Game 1 of the Coyotes' second-round series against the Nashville Predators
-- a span of 22 opportunities.
"I think I might have been caught up a little bit in trying to be overly physical in the other games, had opportunities to play with the puck, make plays, take the puck to the net in the last couple games and didn't do it as well," Doan said. "It was brought to my attention by some people that's going to help you out with that. I think that was a big part of our game tonight. There were a few more times where we had pucks where we could try to get to the net. They're a good team. They're playing their game well. We got to, for the most part, play our game better."
Playing on the road hasn't been a bad thing for the Kings this postseason -- they're 7-0 away from Staples Center.
"Two ways to look at it: they're either due to lose or we got to find a way to stop them," Doan said. "Law of averages says you're going to lose eventually on the road. So it happens. Next game would be a bad one [for Los Angeles] to lose."
Going for No. 7 -- Already a finalist for both the Vezina and Hart Trophies, one could make a case that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
is also currently in the running for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 30-year-old has already notched two shutouts against the New Jersey Devils
in the Eastern Conference Final, giving him six in his postseason career. With Saturday's 3-0 win in Game 3, Lundqvist -- who finished with 36 saves -- moved past Ed Giacomin
and John Ross Roach
and into third place on the Rangers' all-time list.
Lundqvist will go for career shutout No. 7 when this series resumes Monday night at the Prudential Center.
"Let's face it, he's playing really well. He's played well all season, all playoffs," Devils captain Zach Parise
said of Lundqvist. "I think it's important for us to not overanalyze and keep shooting, not pass up opportunities. Just keep shooting. We're getting the chances and they will go in; we just can't allow ourselves to pass up opportunities. Again, it just comes down to us taking advantage of our plays."
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