The Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes will meet in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, with the Kings up 3-1 in the series. The 2012 NHL playoffs have been a surprise in the Western Conference, with the Coyotes and Kings in the conference finals after being questionable to even make the playoffs in the months leading up to the postseason.
Tonight will mark the second time that Los Angeles has played a Game 5 this playoff season, winning in five games over the Vancouver Canucks and sweeping the St. Louis Blues in the second round.
But this series, although very similar to the Kings' first two series, went a completely different way in Game 4. The Coyotes shut out the Kings, 2-0, with a strong effort from goaltender Mike Smith and two goals from captain Shane Doan.
The Coyotes will need another strong effort from Smith if they have any chance at keeping their season alive and preventing the Kings from advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since the Wayne Gretzky era.
Tune in to Bleacher Report tonight for continuing coverage of this Game 5 showdown, as I will be keeping you up to date with highlights, reactions and period-by-period breakdowns. I'll be keeping you up-to-date leading up to, and during, the game, so keep it tuned right here for more updates.
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