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Kings claim West crown

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup final for the second time as a franchise after beating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference final Tuesday night.

Penner gathered a bouncing puck and beat Mike Smith between the pads for the game-winner, extending the Kings' road winning streak to an NHL-record eight straight games. Anze Kopitar scored a shorthanded goal, Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist, and Mike Richards also scored for Los Angeles.

The Coyotes were angry in the immediate aftermath of the winning goal, arguing that it should have been disallowed.

The Kings set a league record with their eighth consecutive playoff victory on the road. It was also the second time in these playoffs that they ended a series with an overtime goal on the road. In the first round Los Angeles ousted Presidents Trophy winner Vancouver in OT.

Kings 1 2 0 1 4
Coyotes 1 2 0 0 3

First1, Phoenix, Pyatt 4 (Hanzal, Vrbata), 4:20 (pp). 2, Los Angeles, Kopitar 6 (Doughty, Brown), 11:13 (sh). PenaltiesDoughty, LA (delay of game), 2:47; Los Angeles bench, served by Richardson (too many men), 10:28; Voynov, LA (hooking), 15:32; Morris, Pho (holding), 19:56.

Second3, Phoenix, Pouliot 1 (Klesla, Chipchura), 6:23. 4, Los Angeles, Doughty 2 (Fraser, Williams), 11:06. 5, Los Angeles, Richards 4 (Penner, Carter), 13:43. 6, Phoenix, Yandle 1 (Pyatt), 16:23. PenaltiesNone.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesKorpikoski, Pho (holding), 1:38; Stoll, LA (high-sticking), 5:15; Greene, LA (delay of game), 5:34; Hanzal, Pho (interference), 6:34; Morris, Pho (delay of game), 19:33. Overtime7, Los Angeles, Penner 3 (Carter, Voynov), 17:42. PenaltiesDoughty, LA (interference), 10:54; Doan, Pho, game misconduct, 17:42; Smith, Pho, game misconduct, 17:42. ShotsLos Angeles 6-20-13-12—51. Phoenix 9-10-16-6—41. Power playsLos Angeles 0 of 4; Phoenix 1 of 6. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 12-2-0 (41 shots-38 saves). Phoenix, Smith 9-7-0 (51-47). A17,148 (17,135). T3:28.

Shannon to Swiss club

Ryan Shannon, whose disappointing season with the Lightning ended in March with rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder, signed a three-year deal to play for ZSC Lions in Switzerland.

The contract was negotiated with Tampa Bay's permission as Shannon's one-year, $625,000 deal with the Lightning runs through June. General manager Steve Yzerman said he let Shannon search only in Europe.

"I loved playing in Tampa. It was a great place to play," Shannon, 29, said from his Connecticut home. "But the three-year deal in Zurich, obviously, gives my family some security. We're excited about the opportunity over there."

Shannon, touted before the season by coach Guy Boucher as a player who could play on the top two lines, played more on the third and fourth and had just four goals, 12 points and was minus-11 in 45 games. The right wing also battled injuries, missing 15 games with a knee injury and three in February with a shoulder problem.

"It was a great year. I enjoyed it," Shannon said. "With the statistics, people might not think that, but it was a great time."

ADMIRALS ADVANCE: The Lightning's AHL Norfolk affiliate finished a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference final with a 4-0 victory at St. John's to reach the Calder Cup final. Dustin Tokarski had 29 saves and center Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist for Norfolk.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

East final

Rangers 2, Devils 2

Game 1: Rangers 3, Devils 0

Game 2: Devils 3, Rangers 2

Game 3: Rangers 3, Devils 0

Game 4: Devils 4, Rangers 1

Tonight: at New York, 8, NBCSN

Friday: at New Jersey, 8, NBCSN

Sunday: at New York, 8, NBCSN *

West final

Kings 4, Coyotes 1

Game 1: Kings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 2: Kings 4, Coyotes 0

Game 3: Kings 2, Coyotes 1

Game 4: Coyotes 2, Kings 0

Tuesday: Kings 4, Coyotes 3 OT

* If necessary

Kings claim West crown 05/22/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:07am]
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