Coyotes avoid sweep after blanking Kings

PHOENIX 2, LOS ANGELES 0

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LOS ANGELES — Cancel the coronation, or at least postpone it. The Phoenix Coyotes are still hanging around.

Kings center Colin Fraser (24) grabs the jersey of Coyotes right wing Shane Doan in front of the goal during the third period of the Coyotes' win.  JAE C. HONG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAE C. HONG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kings center Colin Fraser (24) grabs the jersey of Coyotes right wing Shane Doan in front of the goal during the third period of the Coyotes' win.

Shane Doan scored two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the
Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who escaped a series sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings’ eight-game winning streak in front of long-
suffering fans denied the chance to celebrate Los Angeles’ first berth in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1993.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix. Los Angeles is 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.

SUSPENDED: Rangers forward Brandon Prust has been suspended for one game by the league for his elbow to the head of New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov during New York’s win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Prust will miss Game 4 and could be replaced by forward Brandon Dubinsky, who has been out since Game 7 of the first round because of an injured right foot.


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