(PPG-14:19 - 1st)
(11:10 - 2nd)
(1:03 - 2nd)
LA: J.Quick (L)
PHX: M.Smith (W)
Earlier tonight in Los Angeles, the Coyotes were trying to stave off Elimination in Gam3 5 against the Kings being down 3-0 in the series. In the first period the shots were 10-5 LA but it was the Coyotes who took the lead. Late in the first the Coyotes were on the powerplay and Doan brought the puck from behind the net and back in front and he backhanded a shot into the back of the net to give the Coyotes the lead. 11 minutes into the second, Vermette won the faceoff right to Doan at the hashmarks and he ripped a shot into the back of the net to give the Coyotes a 2 goal lead. The shots in the second were 13-9 LA. Then in the third, the Kings hit 2 goal posts and outshot Phoenix 13-7 but they lost this game 2-0.
In the win, Smith made 36 saves. "We had nothing to lose," Smith said. "We had to make sure we played our best game. That would give us a chance to win. We obviously had a huge game from Doaner, and it trickled down through our lineup. He was unbelievable. He was such a great leader tonight. Every guy knew that they were going to do their part to try to force this series to Game 5."In the loss,Quick made 19 saves."We recognize we put ourselves in a tough position, (but) we also know it has been done," said Doan, Phoenix's captain who had 2 goals in the win."I guess that's what sports are all about, trying to do something that someone hasn't done for a while, try to do things (when) the odds are kind of stacked against you. Nobody wants to be in the position we're in, but everybody wants to prove they can answer that call."
Not to put Doan down or anything but when you are giving up 30 or more shots a game and only firing an average of 19 shots on net, you will not win. It that simple. The Coyotes got luckey in this game as Shane Doan and Goalie Mike Smith were the only players ready to play and thats why they won. But if only 2 players show up to play in Game 5 they will not win. The Coyotes need a full team effort. Game 5 will be Tuesday night.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo