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Two Early Second Period Goals Have Kings And Coyotes Tied Entering Third

The Coyotes lead lasted a whole two minutes and seven seconds.

After Daymond Langkow scored just over a minute into the second period, Anze Kopitar put away a breakaway chance to tie the game at one. It was the first time since Game 1 of the Kings series with the St. Louis Blues that they had faced a deficit.

The Coyotes power play continues to be downright atrocious. Alec Martinez took a cross-checking penalty at 13:59 on Shane Doan, and it resulted in his team amping up the crowd for the remainder of the period. Kings captain Dustin Brown and Kopitar had multiple scoring chances a man down and brought the Staples Center crowd to their feet.

The teams are dead even in most of the stat categories, but the Coyotes have a distinct advantage in the faceoff department. The 'Yotes centermen have won 25 of 36 draws.

Phoenix only managed to get four shots on Jonathan Quick in the second period, but the shot total is tied at 15.

The Coyotes have been looking to hit deep passes all game. Multiple times the Coyotes' forwards have been open, but the Kings defense always manages to get a slight tip in on the pass. Even Smith is looked for the Hail Mary on occasion, but then again, I guess that is nothing new.

The Coyotes season may be won or lost in this third period. I don't know the exact stat, but you are probably more likely to die in a unicycle accident than come back from a 3-0 series deficit. If the Coyotes can pull out a win on the Kings home ice, it will be the glimmer of hope they need to keep the Cinderella season going.