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Kings head home up 2-0 behind Carter, Quick
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter recorded his first career playoff hat trick while Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his second shutout this postseason as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Dwight King also scored for the Kings, who took both games in Phoenix and will look to take a stranglehold on the series in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The victory marked the Kings' seventh straight road win in these playoffs, tying the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks for the NHL record for consecutive road wins in a single postseason.
Mike Smith allowed all four goals on 40 shots in the loss.
"Obviously being down 2-0 was not the results we were looking for at home. So we need to regroup tomorrow and go in there and try to steal a game on the road," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said.
The Kings failed to capitalize on a power play near the midpoint of the first period, but were able to net the game's first goal with 6:45 left in the opening frame when King got his stick on Drew Doughty's wrister from the right point and redirected it over the right shoulder of Smith.
After Los Angeles could not convert on another man advantage less than two minutes later, the Coyotes were awarded a power play with 2:16 remaining in the first period.
But Quick stopped all eight shots he faced in the frame, including kicking aside Ray Whitney's one-timer from the right circle during the power play, to keep it a 1-0 game entering the first intermission.
Phoenix controlled the majority of the action to start the second period, but they could not solve Quick before a neutral zone turnover led to Los Angeles' second goal.
Mike Richards maintained possession of the puck in the offensive zone out of a scrum near the boards and then fed a pass down to the right of the net, where Dustin Penner tipped a quick pass in front to Carter and he one-timed a shot under the glove of Smith 4:47 into the second.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan was called for a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct while his teammate Daymond Langkow was also whistled for a slashing penalty later in the second period, which resulted in the Kings receiving two full minutes of a two-man advantage.
Los Angeles was able to tally on the 5-on-3 when Anze Kopitar received a pass in the right circle and waited for Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla to slide out of the way before firing a wrister that deflected off the shin pad of Carter and into the net with 1:11 left in the second for a 3-0 lead.
Phoenix was awarded back-to-back power plays early in the third period when Trevor Lewis was called for tripping less than a minute after King's goaltender interference penalty expired, but the Coyotes failed to take advantage and get on the board.
Then, at the 11:01 mark of the final period, Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal hit Dustin Brown hard into the boards from behind, resulting in Phoenix's second major penalty and game misconduct.
Derek Morris was then called for kneeing less than two minutes into the five- minute power play and the Kings again capitalized on the two-man advantage when Carter cleaned up the rebound of Brown's shot from the right point to complete his hat trick at the 12:56 mark of the third.
Quick shut the door from there, stopping all eight shots sent his way in the frame to record his club-record tying third career playoff shutout.
"In order to win on the road you need your goalie to make a few saves," said Quick. "For the most part we did a great job of keeping a lot of their chances to the outside, clearing out rebounds and stuff like that. When they needed me I was able to make the save."
Kings forward Colin Fraser was not in the lineup for the game as he left the team to attend to a family matter...Los Angeles has now won nine straight road playoff games, tying the 1982-83 New York Islanders for the NHL record for consecutive road playoff wins spanning over more than one season...Carter's hat trick was the first in the playoffs for the Kings since Wayne Gretzky accomplished the feat on May 29, 1993...Felix Potvin is the other Los Angeles goaltender to have three postseason shutouts.
05/16 01:31:22 ET
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