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Kings advance to Stanley Cup finals
Los Angeles Kings wrap up NHL's Western Conference title to book their Stanley Cup finals berth with overtime winner.
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 11:47
Dustin Penner scored with less than three minutes to play in overtime to wrap up a 4-3 win over Phoenix in Game Five [Reuters]

The Los Angeles Kings booked their place in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in almost 20 years after wrapping up the NHL Western Conference title with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix in Game Five on Tuesday.

Dustin Penner grabbed the game-winner with 2:18 left in overtime to give the Kings a 4-1 series win and send Los Angeles to just their second Stanley Cup finals. They last played for the Cup in 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens.

"It'll be nice to go back," Penner told reporters.

"I've been there once before (with Anaheim in 2007). I didn't get a chance to enjoy it as much as I should've. This time I'm going to take it all in."

One-by-one

The Kings had scraped into the playoffs as the eighth-ranked team in the West but took down the top seeds one-by-one, first top ranked Vancouver (4-1), then second seeds St Louis (4-0) and now the Coyotes (4-1).

The teams were tied 1-1 at the first intermission on Tuesday after Taylor Pratt scored on a power play for the Coyotes and Anze Kopitar replied with a short-handed goal for Los Angeles.

Both teams scored twice in the second period with Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Keith Yandle netting for Phoenix, while Drew Doughty and Mike Richards scored for the Kings.

There were no goals in the third period but after several close calls from both sides, Penner finally sealed the win.  Coyotes netminder Mike Smith made 47 saves while Kings' Jonathan Quick recorded 38 stops.

"Four more wins, that's all we're thinking right now," Quick said.

"Hats off to Phoenix, they played unbelievable. There was a lot of emotion in this game and we were fortunate to come out on top."

Shortly before the winning goal, Los Angeles winger Dustin Brown laid a powerful hit on Michal Rozsival just after a whistle, knocking the Coyotes defenseman out of the game. The Kings scored after the ensuing faceoff and the furious Coyotes protested the sequence of events to the officials without success.

Los Angeles will play the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. That series is tied at 2-2.

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