NHL Western Conference Finals: LA Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes - Game 3 Open Game Thread

A must-win for the Coyotes, against a red-hot Kings team [NHL Western Conference Finals Game 3 Live Thread]

5/17/12 in NHL   |   Jess   |   35115 respect

The Kings are shooting and scoring, because, well, that's what it takes to win hockey games. Dustin Brown is a beast, Kopitar has been his usual top-performing self, and Penner has stepped up his game when the Kings have needed him most. Jonathan Quick has May 15, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) celebrates with center Jeff Carter (77) after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIREweaseled his way into the "elite goalie" ranking.

The Coyotes are taking stupid penalties they weren't taking in the regular season. They've slid into a scoring slump (although, it's hard not to against the defensive stylings of the Kings). Even though it's only game 3 of this series, it's arguably a "must-win" game for Phoenix. 

The Kings are on fire at the right time, and the Coyotes have cooled off at the wrong time. 

The good news for Los Angeles? They're playing at Staples, and the crowd will be insane.

Here are a few highlights from game 2, courtesy of NHL.com:

Join us here for what is sure be an exciting game between the two Pacific Division teams as they face off at 9:00pm ET. You can find the game on NBC Sports network; formerly Versus.

(And let's join our most passionate resident Kings fan in her prayer, which is sure to be posted in the comments below.)
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5/17/12   |   kteacher   |   34438 respect

(I didn't know ......lol.....but I'm ok with praying again. ) Courtesy of Surly Jacob of lakingsnews.com.

n the name of the Captain, the Son of Philly and the Holy Goalie.

Bless us Oh Hockey Gods, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through LA Kings, Our Team. Amen.

Blessed are You, Kings our Team and Team of our fathers, Team of Dionne, Team of Luc and Team of Gretzky, the great, mighty and awesome Team, exalted Team, who bestows bountiful goals, who creates all wins, who remembers the insanity of the fans, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their fans’ children, for the sake of Our Kings.

Peace be upon no Phoenix fan, without mercy or blessing of Kings.

Holy Sutter, Holy Stevens;
We give you thanks
that your Schemes, Attitude and Leadership
Are manifest with Power and Pressure
throughout all zones,
within all lines,
and we accept your Tutelage now,
in defense and forecheck.

I pray to the wunderkind, the play-maker, destroyer of all cap space, the enemy of forwards, of great brilliance, the descendent of Orr and of Borque, the one who shines like the Dewey flower.

I invoke and call upon thee O Father Mitchell,
Lord of long stick, Master of all lanes and gaps.
I invite you to the blue line;
Defend it, sustain it, make it home.

As it was,
As it is,
As it shall be
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand

Our Rookies, King of steadfastness, strengthened Nolan, Voynov foothold, support us against the disdainful people.

I profess myself a Penner-worshipper, a Pennercakean, having vowed it and professed it. I pledge myself to the well-played puck, I pledge myself to the well-delivered hit, I pledge myself to the well-fed monster.

Voices above,
Voices of Fans,
Yell from your couch or barstool;
Voices below,
LA King’s Inner-voices,
Speak from the dreams of childhood;
So may our playoffs be beautiful.

Our Kings, who art on home ice
Hallowed be thy game.
Thy kingdom come, thy wills be done
On our ice, as it was on theirs
Give us this day our daily goals, and forgive no Coyote their transgressions,
As we pound into submission those who trespass against us.
And lead us past the third round,
Past these evil Coyote f**ks.

Hail Kopi, full of grace, the fans are with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst players and blessed are the fruit of thy skills, goals.
Holy Kopi, dominant of centers, play for us sinners,
Now until the hour of our Cup.