Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: 5 Best Players from Coyotes vs. Kings Series

Jason Lewis@@SirJDLCorrespondent IIMay 23, 2012

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: 5 Best Players from Coyotes vs. Kings Series

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    The Los Angeles Kings are going to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992-93.

    It was a hard-fought series that had plenty of big hits, bad blood and momentum shifts. 

    Some lesser-known players stepped up for the Kings and the series ended with more heroes then when it started.

    Here are just a few of the heroes from the Kings-Coyotes series.

Trevor Lewis

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    The 25-year-old Lewis had a fantastic series and was a constant thorn in the side of Phoenix defensemen.

    The Salt Lake City native utilized his incredible speed to get in hard on the forecheck and create turnovers on a nightly basis.

    His linemates—Dwight King and Jarret Stoll—benefited greatly from his work ethic.

    Lewis walks away from the series with four assists and a plus-three in five games.

Dwight King

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    Did anyone have a bigger breakout series than Dwight King?

    The Kings rookie had four goals in five games, two of which were game-winners. The 22-year-old King showed he could score goals in any fashion, be it a snipe to the upper corner, a nice deflection in front or crashing the net.

    Aside from the goals, King was imposing on the forecheck with Trevor Lewis.

Drew Doughty

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    Drew Doughty capped off a solid series against Phoenix with a fantastic Game 5, which included a goal and an assist.

    He also made what might have been a game-saving defensive play in overtime of Game 5 on a two-on-one break for Phoenix.

    Doughty had a goal and three assists over the series, was a plus-three and really made a huge difference in the defensive end of the ice.

    He ate up huge minutes all series, played responsibly and was a key in the Kings getting solid breakouts from their own end.

Shane Doan

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    When the Coyotes looked down and out, it was captain Shane Doan who put the team on his back. 

    Doan had a huge Game 4 performance scoring the only two goals the Coyotes would need to win.

    The veteran captain also played incredibly physical and was at times a one-man wrecking crew, including a whopping 11-hit Game 3 performance.

    He proved that a 35-year-old can still skate and hit with the best of them. Unfortunately, Doan will have to wait another year for a shot at the hardware.

Anze Kopitar

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    The Los Angeles Kings' star center was a force to be reckoned with this series with three goals and two assists.

    It seemed like every single game Kopitar had opportunities to score or was creating havoc in the Phoenix zone.

    It's encouraging to see the 24-year-old Slovenian play with such poise in the big games. Kopitar is currently third in playoff scoring with 15 points in 14 games and leads all skaters in plus-minus with a plus-13.

    With the playoff games growing in importance, Anze Kopitar has stepped up.