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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.

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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.

Kings 0 1 1 2
Coyotes 0 1 0 1

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.

Kings one win from Cup final 05/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:27am]
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