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04-04-2009, 03:13 PM
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The **OFFICIAL** Kings v. Coyotes (alternate future universe) game day thread


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Quote: The Los Angeles Kings, who have already clinched a playoff spot, the Pacific Division and have positioned themselves for another run at the Stanley Cup, take on the surging Phoenix Coyotes who have won 11 straight. The Kings are 6-1-1 in their last 8 games and are coming off a 6-1 pounding of the last place Oregon (formerly Anaheim) Ducks. "It's an exciting time of the season", Kings captain Ilya Kovalchuk said in the pre-game interview, "we have worked hard all season to get that home ice advantage and every game is still important." Kovalchuk is looking to extend his own goal scoring streak to 9 games. He currently leads the league with 56 goals and 45 assists and is 2 points ahead of Washington's Alexander Ovechkin.

The Kings just missed lifting the Cup last season in a hard fought seven game series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, but are confident they will not only get back to the finals but will win it all. "You bet we believe", alternate captain Drew Doughty said, "that's why every game matters. We almost won it last year and we haven't forgotten the pain of losing that game seven in [Philadelphia] in triple overtime. We want it all this season and anything less than bringing the Stanley Cup to L.A. is failure." The Coyotes have also had their share of success this season, especially after the firing of coach Wayne Gretzky. "You never want to say that firing a coach is the reason for your success, but we have played very well since then as a team and we have stepped it up on both ends of the ice," alternate captain Kyle Turris told the Phoenix Sun yesterday.

"Phoenix has a lot of talent and they have definitely come on as of late", Kings third year coach Joe Mullen told the L.A. times. "We'll be playing our game and we won't be taking them lightly"

The Kings, with a victory tonight, would continue to build on a franchise leading 113 points.

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