Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) battles Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) for the puck during the first period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.
Kings for a day
The Kings are on an absolute roll in the playoffs, having an overall record of 9-1 heading into Game 2 in Phoenix. The Coyotes can ill-afford to fall into an 0-2 hole to this bunch.
One step ahead
The Kings are looking to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993. They got off to a positive start in the semis by knocking off the Coyotes 4-2 in Game 1. Los Angeles will look to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 2.
Picking it out
Both of Phoenix's goals came on two bad Jonathan Quick errors, which is something we don't see often from him. The Coyotes could be in trouble if Quick picks up his game and plays mistake-free hockey in Game 2.
The Kings celebrated a Dustin Brown laser goal early in the third period that put Los Angeles ahead for good in Game 1.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick gave up an uncharacteristically bad goal from center ice to Phoenix's Derek Morris during the first period. Los Angeles regained the lead halfway through the second.
A little physical play is going to be inevitable in this series. The Coyotes have never made it this far as a franchise, and the Kings are trying to continue the incredible Cup run they've put on.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith pulls down Kings right-winger Justin Williams during a tense first period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals. Smith was likely a little scared and frustrated facing so many shots.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith faced 17 shots in the first period while his offense could only muster four against Jonathan Quick, yet Phoenix somehow escaped with a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes.
Here's a good look at what kind of freebees Coyotes fans received as they entered Jobing.com Arena prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Kings.