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Kings Beat Coyotes to Come Within One Game of Stanley Cup Final

May 18, 2012

Dwight King scored the game-winning goal as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 to move within one win of advancing to the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings have a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven Western Conference series. The winner will play the New York Rangers or the New Jersey Devils in the championship round. The Eastern Conference finals resume tomorrow at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with the Rangers and Devils tied at 1-1.

Daymond Langkow scored his first playoff goal with a 29- foot wristshot a minute into the second period to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Anze Kopitar tied the score two minutes later with a 10-foot backhand.

King’s 29-foot wristshot one minute, 47 seconds into the final period clinched the victory for the Kings, who host Game 4 on May 20.

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