WCF Game 5: Kings finally reach Stanley Cup Finals. Finally!

The Kings celebrate following Dustin Penner's winning goal in overtime during Tuesday's playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Kings forward Dustin Penner, bottom right, celebrates immediately after scoring the winning goal past Phoenix goalie Mike Smith during the Kings' 4-3 overtime victory Tuesday. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
Game 5: Kings 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

To peep out all the videos online about this game, check out today’s Hockeywood Dailies. To see what they said, check out They Said It

• AP: Kings finish off Coyotes in OT, advance to Stanley Cup finals


The Kings knocked off No. 1 Vancouver, the Presidents’ Trophy winner, No. 2 St. Louis and rounded it out with a five-game win over the No. 3 Coyotes in the conference finals to become the second No. 8 seed — along with Edmonton in 2006 — to reach the Stanley Cup finals.

• LA Times’ Helene Elliott: Kings never lost magic touch on road to Cup finals


What they couldn’t accomplish two decades ago is now within their grasp thanks to a team that might lack superstars but never lacked heart or hope while entering the playoffs as the No. 8-seeded team. The Kings took out the West’s top three seeded teams in 1-2-3 order, held on course by the shrewd coaching of blunt, plain-spoken Darryl Sutter.

• LA Times: Kings find success by thriving in enemy territory


The Kings will open the Stanley Cup finals on the road, either at the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils. But Brown said the Kings’ success on the road “doesn’t matter at this point. Now it’s about getting up for every game.”

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown poses with the Clarence S. Campbell trophy with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after winning Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Kings won 4-3 in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. (AP Photo/Matt York)• LA Times: Kings take high road to Stanley Cup finals

Yes, the Kings’ long strange journey to the Stanley Cup finals — returning there again for the first time in 19 years — ended with one long thrilling night of hockey and in somewhat surreal fashion.
Weren’t they supposed to be showered with champagne, not debris?

• Orange County Register: Kings win West, advance to Stanley Cup Final


The Kings dominated play in the extra session, and Penner’s goal came on the Kings’ 51st shot of the game, with the puck going over the glove of Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who made 47 saves.

• NHL.com: Kings beat Coyotes in OT to advance to Cup Final


Los Angeles became only the second team to knock off the top three seeds in the conference since the League switched to this playoff format. The other was Calgary in 2004. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was behind the bench for that Flames team as well.

• ESPNLA.com: Kings headed to Stanley Cup finals after Game 5 win vs. Phoenix


HOT: The post-game handshake wasn’t as gentlemanly as most. The Coyotes were still heated over Brown’s hit on Rozsival and a few let Brown know they didn’t appreciate the play. The most animated Phoenix player was center Martin Hanzal, who must have forgot he was suspended for Game 3’s loss after a dangerous boarding penalty on Brown in Game 2.

• ESPNLA.com: Kings’ arrival is Lombardi’s work

Nobody dared touch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as it was awarded to the Los Angeles Kings following their 4-3 overtime victory Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena, securing the organization’s second trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
Still, the award was undoubtedly covered with Dean Lombardi’s fingerprints.

• Fox Sports West: Post-Gretzky, Kings truly back in spotlight


In a city that has seen titles won by Jerry West and Magic Johnson, by Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser, by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, by David Beckham and Reggie Bush and both Lew Alcindor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, now Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and most certainly Jonathan Quick will get their chance to have their names remembered in a similar capacity.

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