Thursday, April 19, 2018
Sports

Kings one win from Cup final

LOS ANGELES — Dwight King scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Kings rolled to the brink of their first Stanley Cup final in 19 years with a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday.

The Kings lead the Western Conference final 3-0.

The Kings improved to 11-1 in the postseason. The Coyotes face a deficit only three NHL teams have overcome.

"It took a little while for us to get our game," Kings center Jarret Stoll said on the NBC Sports Network, "but especially in the third period, I thought we were great."

The Coyotes scored first, from Daymond Langkow, on their 12th shot 1:03 into the second period. They had seven shots the rest of the game.

Phoenix's score had the Kings trailing for the first time since Game 1 against the Blues in the semifinals April 28. This time they trailed for 2:07 before Anze Kopitar tied it.

The Coyotes were called for six penalties in the game, the Kings two. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett cited "some breaks on calls" that helped Kings. "If I told you with I really thought, it would cost me a lot of money," he said.

Kings0112
Coyotes0101

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesDoan, Pho (roughing), 2:06.

Second Period1, Phoenix, Langkow 1 (Yandle, Morris), 1:03. 2, LA, Kopitar 5 (Brown, Williams), 3:10. PenaltiesMorris, Pho (roughing), 5:56; Martinez, LA (cross-checking), 13:59.

Third Period3, LA, King 5 (Lewis, Stoll), 1:47. PenaltiesRozsival, Pho (high-sticking), 4:43; Ekman-Larsson, Pho (cross-checking), 13:22; Doan, Pho (holding), 14:46; Doughty, LA (holding), 14:46; Vrbata, Pho (slashing), 19:18. Shots on GoalPhoenix 11-4-4—19. LA 8-7-13—28. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 0 of 1; LA 0 of 5. GoaliesPhoenix, Smith 8-6-0 (28 shots-26 saves). LA, Quick 11-1-0 (19-18).

Rangers-Devils: Rangers coach John Tortorella was a little more talkative after saying very little the night before after his team's 3-2 Game 2 loss in the East final.

When asked if there were any positives to carry into Saturday's Game 3, Tortorella said not many. "I thought we played some minutes in the second period, found a way to score some power-play goals, but other than that, we didn't play enough minutes," he said.

He didn't say much about sitting leading scorer Marian Gaborik (four goals, 10 points) for almost 12 minutes covering the end of the second period and the start of the third. Gaborik was on the ice when Ryan Carter tied the score at 2. Afterward, he said he didn't clear the puck out of his end.

"You guys like calling them benchings and all that stuff," Tortorella said, "but as coaches we're trying to find a way to win a hockey game, and we make decisions accordingly."

Oilers fire coach: The team told coach Tom Renney it wouldn't renew his contract after two losing seasons. Renney, 57, joined Edmonton for 2010-11 and finished a league-worst 25-45-12. It was 32-40-10 this season, second-worst in the league. It won the draft lottery and has the top overall pick for the third straight year. General manager Steve Tambellini said he wouldn't dissect Renney's tenure.

torres appeals: The Coyotes' Raffi Torres appealed his 25-game suspension for his first-round head shot on the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in a hearing with commissioner Gary Bettman. It wasn't clear when Bettman would rule, ESPN reported.

Comments

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosXfinity: ToyotaCare 250 qualifying4 p.m.FS1Monster Energy Cup: Toyota Owners 400 qualifying5:30 p.m.FS1Xfinity: ToyotaCare 2507 p.m.FS1BaseballRoyals at Tigers1 p.m.MLBTwins at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMIndians at Orioles7 p.m.MLBMarlins at ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

TAMPA – Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith had surgery to repair a broken ankle he suffered in a car accident in Louisiana last week, putting his status for the start of the season in question.Beckwith was passenger in car driven by former L...
Updated: 1 hour ago

High school scoreboard for April 19

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballDixie Hollins 8, Canterbury 0Northeast 13, Lakewood 3Calvary Christian 5, Berkeley Prep 2
Updated: 1 hour ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Turns out, Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy is ready for the playoffs

Turns out, Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy is ready for the playoffs

TAMPA — The second period was not even four minutes old Wednesday night when Devils right wing Patrick Maroon skated all alone toward Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was a moment that could turn a game and even a series.A goal and the score would be tie...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Shaquem Griffin: ‘Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup’

Shaquem Griffin: ‘Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup’

Former UCF and Lakewood High standout Shaquem Griffin understandably has been focused on the NFL draft next week in Arlington, Tex., where he is projected as a potential second-day pick.But the Lightning's playoff run  hasn't escaped his attenti...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

The 2018 NFL schedule won't be released until 8 p.m. tonight, but the Bucs' eight home games were posted early — and presumably accidentally — on the team's site, showing what would be a daunting start to the upcoming season.Multiple outl...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
Updated: 10 hours ago
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Updated: 11 hours ago