The Coyotes found a way to stay alive in the Western Conference Final with a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings in LA.
Shane Doan is a well-respected man in the NHL and this afternoon in Los Angeles, he skated around like a man possessed. Doan got both goals for Phoenix in the 2-0 victory over the Kings with goals in the first and second periods. Antoine Vermette and Ray Whitney drew the assists on the goals.
Antoine Vermette has been another Coyote who has had a big impact with a team-leading 10 points with the assist this afternoon.
“Vermette has been unbelievable,” Doan said. “They both are so fast. I think that’s one of the things. I think everybody to a man on our team has been encouraging Boedker to take that next step. He could become a superstar. Playing in Phoenix, you might not hear about him that much. But he has the ability to be that good. We’re encouraging him to hold onto the puck. Him and Vermette, I’ve been trying to create some space and I’ve been reaping the benefits of their play.”
Though the Kings out-shot the Coyotes 36-21, they just couldn’t muster up a goal to beat Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith. The Kings had 76 shot attempts in the game with 31 coming in the third period alone but, it wasn’t enough.
“We didn’t panic. I think that was a big part of why we played so well. We made plays tonight,” Smith said. “We did the little things it takes to beat a team like that. We have to worry about the next game. If we want to win that one, we have to play as good as we did tonight or maybe a little bit better.”
The two teams will be back at it Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena for Game 5. The Kings lead the Western Conference Finals 3-1.