The Phoenix Coyotes may have had their championship hopes dashed on Tuesday night, but there is no doubt that the team went out like warriors. Following a clutch Game 4 victory at Staples on Sunday, Phoenix only needed one more win to really make things interesting in their Western Conference Finals battle versus the Los Angeles Kings. If it were 3-2 heading into Game 6, everyone (including the Kings) would have developed a whole new outlook on where things were going.
Realizing the significance of what was happening on Tuesday night, Los Angelinos couldn’t have been happy when their bunch finished regulation locked in a 3-3 tie with the Coyotes. For the first time in a long time, the Kings looked mortal. Fortunately for L.A. (both the team and city), Dustin Penner finally put an end to the madness 17:42 into overtime.
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The Kings will now move on to their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1993. They’ll play the winner of the ultra-violent New York Rangers versus New Jersey Devils series going down over on the East Coast.
Just a thought.