The Los Angeles Kings took a demanding two-game lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals with a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday evening in Glendale, Arizona. The Kings have now started the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a perfect 7-0 record on the road.
The Los Angeles Kings offense was led by a hat trick from Jeff Carter. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the shutout. Mike Smith stopped 36 of 40 shots in the loss.
The Phoenix Coyotes’ play was highlighted by a couple dangerous boarding incidents that both resulted in game misconduct penalties. Shane Doan’s boarding of Kings forward Trevor Lewis left Lewis bloodied on the bench. Martin Hanzal’s boarding of Dustin Brown late in the game was the second dangerous play involving the Kings captain. While on the power play in the second period, Brown was slashed in the back of the knee from behind by goaltender Mike Smith. The play resulted in matching minor penalties for both Smith and Brown.
All three plays may result in further disciplinary action by the NHL for three key Coyotes as the series shifts back to Los Angeles for Game Three on Thursday.