NHL roundup: Kings beat Coyotes to take 1-0 lead

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, May 13 2012 11:20 p.m. MDT

Phoenix Coyotes' Rostislav Klesla (16), of the Czech Republic, and Mike Smith, both dive to block the shot of Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown (23) during the first period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dwight King scored his second goal of the game into an empty net and the Los Angeles Kings opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night to remain unbeaten on the road in the playoffs.

The Kings dominated early despite a week off and outshot Phoenix 48-27.

Anze Kopitar scored 4 minutes in, Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and King had his first career two-goal game to give the Kings their sixth straight road victory of the playoffs.

Derek Morris beat Jonathan Quick from the center line, and Mikkel Boedker also scored for the Coyotes, who trail in a series for the first time this year.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in the desert.

This was the Western Conference finals few expected.

The Kings had the game's first eight shots and Kopitar scooped up a loose puck in front before flipping a backhander past Smith's glove side early in the first period.

With Los Angeles still in control — a 12-3 advantage in shots — Morris caught everyone off-guard, particularly Quick, by ripping a slap shot from the red (center) line past the Vezina Trophy finalist.

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