GLENDALE, Ariz. – Look for a white sale in Phoenix.
The Kings took the starch out of the Phoenix Coyotes newly energized fan base, which again showed up decked out for a “white out” atJobing.com Arena.
The bleached-out crowd had that “uncle” look after the Kings cruised to a 4-0 victory in the Western Conference finals Tuesday. Jeff Carter’s hat trick sent the them home with a 2-0 series lead and left Coyotes fans looking at a consolation prize -- new ownership -- provided that Greg Jamison’s deal, announced last week, doesn’t fall apart like their team did Tuesday.
It was the seventh consecutive road victory in the playoffs for the Kings, tying an NHL record.
Singer Alice Cooper was the in the crowd and -- forgetting momentarily where the music industry is based -- led fans in a “Beat L.A.” chant. But Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” seemed more the Coyotes’ theme.
The Coyotes were better than the Kings in only one area -- game misconduct penalties. The Coyotes had three and the Kings one.
Shane Doan received the first for slamming Trevor Lewis into the boards in the second period. Martin Hanzal had the second for doing the same to Dustin Brown on the third period. Both led to Carter goals.
Doan’s penalty came during a stretch when the Kings were burying the Coyotes too deep to resurface. The Coyotes were called for four penalties in a four-minute span and Doan received five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct after he slammed Lewis face-first into the boards.
The rash of penalties ended when Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith was called for slashing Brown, who was also called for diving.
Still, the Kings were left with a two-man advantage. They cashed in on it. Anze Kopitar flicked a shot that went off Carter’s knee lined up and flicked wrist shot for a 3-0 lead 18 minutes 49 into the second period.
But the bounces went the Kings way all night.
Drew Doughty flung a shot from the blue line that deflected off Dwight King in the slot, redirecting it past Smith. It was King’s third goal in the series and gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 13:15 into the first period.
Early in the second period, the puck ricocheted off Dustin Penner’s skate directly to Carter, who slipped a shot between Smith and the post for a 2-0 lead.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the shutout.