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Written by Blake Benzel   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:32

Jeff Carter

The Los Angeles Kings had made their mark in the regular season, in large part, thanks to their play on the road. On Tuesday, they set an NHL record, winning their seventh straight playoff road game.

1) Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings – It took him a while, but Jeff Carter decided to show up just at the right time for the Kings, tallying a natural hat trick over the final two periods of the Kings’ 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes to give L.A. a 2-0 series lead. Carter, who now has four goals and seven points in eleven playoff games, scored two of his three goals on the power play.

2) Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings – Maybe the NHL should just save time and name Quick the winner of the Conn Smythe trophy now. Quick tallied his second shutout of the playoffs, stopping 24 shots in the Kings’ win on Tuesday. The win was Quick’s tenth of the playoffs, taking only 11 games to get to that mark.

3) Dwight King, Los Angeles Kings – Regular season Dwight King? 27 games played, five goals. Postseason Dwight King? 11 games played, four goals. It’s no Claude Lemieux, but it’s certainly impressive.

Save of the Night

Mike Smith gets a little creative, rolling on his back to stop this scoring chance by the Kings.

Deflection of the Night

You know it’s a good deflection when the puck gets past the goalie and into the net. It’s even more impressive, however when the screen comes as far out as Dwight King’s did.

You Make the Call

The Coyotes must have been feeling bored (see what we did there?) on Tuesday night, with both Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal getting tossed for boarding penalties. You make the call. Will they receive a Shanaban nor not?

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