13th-seeded ’74-’75 Kings Completely Shut Down 29th-seeded ’11-’12 Coyotes in Sweep

The '74-'75 Los Angeles Kings.....that's a lot of "piss" yellow. (Photo via kings.nhl.com)

The ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings…..that’s a lot of “piss” yellow. (Photo via kings.nhl.com)

By now, it is just expected that the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings will shut down almost anyone they play. However, the 29th-seeded ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes aren’t some offensive juggernaut. Then again, neither are the ’74-’75 Kings.

Like usual, it was a balanced offensive attack from Los Angeles and this time around it was defenseman Bob Murdoch who led them in scoring with five points. There was a four-way tie for second at four points between Dan Maloney, Bob Nevin, Juha Widing and Tom Williams. Only three Kings scored more than once during the series and Williams led the way with three goals. Widing was tied for second with two goals with Butch Goring. All five of Murdoch’s points were assists so he also led the Kings in helpers while Maloney and Nevin were tied for second with three assists. Only two other Kings registered more than one assist, Widing and defenseman Terry Harper. Goaltender Rogie Vachon was stellar in net once again. He was a little busier than last series, but together with the defense in front him, the Coyotes only scored three times all series. Vachon posted a 4-0-0 record to go along with a 0.75 goals against average and a .972 save percentage.

Like I said before, the Coyotes only scored three times. Therefore, there’s not too much to talk about here. Defenseman Michal Rozsival with two assists in the series was the only Coyotes to register more than one point during the four games. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Petteri Nokelainen, Kyle Turris, Antoine Vermette, Radim Vrbata and Ray Whitney were the only other Yotes with a point. Vermette, Vrbata and Whitney were responsible for the three goals with each of them potting home one. In net, Mike Smith was the only, sort of, bright spot. He’s been pretty good in this tournament giving Phoenix a chance and that’s all he did in this series. He finished with a 0-3-1 record to go along with a 3.00 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Nobody can blame the goalie when a team only scores three times in a series.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. LAK – G – Rogie Vachon – 4 GP   4 GS   4-0-0   0.75 GAA   .972 SV%   1 SO   4 Star Points
  2. PHX – G – Mike Smith – 4 GP   4 GS   0-3-1   3.00 GAA   .915 SV%   4 Star Points
  3. LAK – LW – Dan Maloney – 4 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   22 S   2 PIM   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 0 1 0 1
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘74-’75 LAK – 3   ‘11-’12 PHX – 1   (1-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 LAK – 1:00 – LAK: T. Williams (2) assisted by T. Harper (4)
  • 12:59 – B. Berry (LAK) is given a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing with referee over penalty call

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 6:26 – PHX: A. Vermette (4) assisted by M. Rozsival (3)
  • 2 – 1 LAK – 14:34 – LAK: J. Widing (1) assisted by T. Harper (5), B. Murdoch (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 LAK – 15:48 – PP – LAK: B. Goring (2) assisted by B. Nevin (2), B. Murdoch (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

1

Goals

3

21

Shots

38

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

GWG

J. Widing (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Terry Harper (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Bob Murdoch (LAK)
  • 3rd Star: Mike Smith (PHX)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 0 0 0 0 0
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 0 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘74-’75 LAK – 1   ‘11-’12 PHX – 0   (OT)   (2-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

 

Overtime:

  • 1 – 0 LAK – 15:29 – LAK: J. Widing (2) assisted by S. Kannegiesser (1), M. Corrigan (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

0

Goals

1

30

Shots

40

0/3

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Widing (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Rogie Vachon (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Smith (PHX)
  • 3rd Star: Juha Widing (LAK)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 2 3 0 5
#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘74-’75 LAK – 5   ‘11-’12 PHX – 1   (3-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 PHX – 3:50 – PP – PHX: R. Vrbata (9) assisted by O. Ekman-Larsson (7), P. Nokelainen (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 15:44 – PP – LAK: T. Williams (3) assisted by J. Widing (3)
  • 2 – 1 LAK – 16:22 – PP – LAK: B. Nevin (5) assisted by D. Maloney (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 1 LAK – 0:11 – LAK: D. Maloney (2) assisted by B. Nevin (3), B. Murdoch (5)
  • 4 – 1 LAK – 8:32 – SH – LAK: G. Carr (1) assisted by D. Maloney (6), B. Murdoch (6)
  • 5 – 1 LAK – 10:48 – LAK: B. Goring (3) assisted by D. Maloney (7), B. Nevin (4)
    • PHX replaces starting goalie M. Smith w/backup C. McElhinney

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes

5

Goals

1

39

Shots

31

2/2

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

0/2

100%

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

0%

B. Nevin (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dan Maloney (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Bob Nevin (LAK)
  • 3rd Star: Rogie Vachon (LAK)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 3 0 0 3
#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘74-’75 LAK – 3   ‘11-’12 PHX – 1   (4-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 PHX – 6:10 – PHX: R. Whitney (9) assisted by M. Rozsival (4), K. Turris (7)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 12:28 – LAK: B. Berry (1) assisted by F. St. Marseille(1), G. Carr (2)
  • 2 – 1 LAK – 19:27 – LAK: M. Murphy (3) assisted by B. Murdoch (7), T. Williams (3)
  • 3 – 1 LAK – 19:46 – LAK: T. Williams (4) assisted by M. Murphy (3), J. Widing (4)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

#29 ‘11-’12 Coyotes

3

Goals

1

43

Shots

25

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

M. Murphy (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Murphy (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Tom Williams (LAK)
  • 3rd Star: Mike Smith (PHX)

The ’74-’75 Kings are in their second straight Ultimate NHL Playoff and they have now reached the Quarterfinal in both of those two tournaments. In last year’s tournament, they were unable to get past the Quarterfinal and this year, they will face the same franchise that knocked them out last year. They will face the 12th-seeded ’84-’85 Philadelphia Flyers who eliminated the 5th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks in an intense seven-game series earlier in the round. The ’11-’12 Coyotes have repped their franchise in all three UNP’s, but until this tournament they had never won a series. In this UNP, they were the tournament’s cinderella story with their very surprising run to the Third Round here.

Up next in the Third Round, the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens face the 16th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars!

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