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Coyotes vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Finals

Kings ready for goaltending duel with Coyotes

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings have made it a point not to look back at the regular season too much.

They came on strong late -- but even then, they came up short of their goal of winning the Pacific Division. The Phoenix Coyotes claimed the divisional crown by finishing two points ahead of L.A., forcing the Kings to start every Stanley Cup Playoffs series on the road.

Not that it has mattered -- the Kings are 5-0 away from L.A. thus far in the postseason. But at least one Kings player said Tuesday that they'll remember the Coyotes winning the division when the Western Conference Finals between the teams get under way.

"They kind of took something from us at the end of the season that we wanted to get," Jonathan Quick said. "We're going to go into their building with a chip on our shoulder because of it.

A look back at the Coyotes and Kings in 2011-12

David Kalan - Staff Writer

After polishing off a five-game series win against Nashville with a 2-1 win Monday night, the Phoenix Coyotes will face the Los Angeles Kings for the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl -- and the right to battle the Eastern Conference champion in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. No start date has been announced yet, but considering how long each team has waited to get this far -- this will be L.A.'s first Conference Finals appearance in 19 years and the first in the Phoenix franchise's 33-year NHL history -- waiting a few more days probably won't hurt.

Every Western Conference team is familiar with every other one, but few are probably quite as familiar with one another as these two. After all, as Pacific Division rivals, the Coyotes and Kings played six times this season, and considering that they each won three games apiece, there is no surefire sign of who will get the edge when the teams drop the puck in Game 1 at Arena.

Kings don't mind taking a break

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

The attention generated by the Los Angeles Kings can be felt in the home of captain Dustin Brown. Or maybe smelt is a better word.

Dustin Brown
Right Wing - LAK
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 11
SOG: 31 | +/-: 9
Brown has three young children, and while they might not fully comprehend the history their father is helping to make, they're unabashed fans of dad bashing the competition.

"They're pretty excited," Brown said. "My middle son has worn his L.A. Kings jersey for two weeks now. He hasn't taken it off. He wore it to school today for like, the 15th day in a row. They're definitely excited."

L.A. has a lot of light on it in a city where that glare is fleeting and typically reserved for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a series sweep of the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Staples Center was a loud as it has ever been for hockey, and the Kings and their fans want to keep that going in the team's deepest playoff run since the Wayne Gretzky-led team of 1993 that eventually lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

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