It was past nine minutes into the overtime period when Drew Doughty was seen erupting in anchor, while protesting an interference call handed down on the back end of the Los Angeles Kings’ zone.
The end result was anything but memorable for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Pitted against the second best penalty kill units this playoffs season, the ‘Yotes and coach Dave Tippett needed to find a way around the depth of the Kings blue line, and goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Chances never materialized. Rather, the Coyotes were unorganized in their own zone while going on the attack, and barely maintained possession for a look on net.
In all, the Kings had 12, and the Coyotes had six. The total at game’s end was 51 for L.A. and 41 for Phoenix.
If that doesn’t sound like enough, Phoenix was busy blocking 25 shots while the Kings went down to stop 18.
Case in point: the ‘Yotes didn’t materialize their opportunity in the overtime period with shots to match. The prior three period were in the books, and irrelevant. However, while Smith can do everything but score goals, it appeared the Phoenix offense could have used at least a good assist from him as the puck-moving game was stymied by the Kings penalty kill.
But to be serious, the Coyotes will go on to still impress due to their success with the lack of resources. But the Western Conference Finals proved to be too difficult to get through without offensive depth.