Phoenix Coyotes Avoid Elimination, Shut Out Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center

The Phoenix Coyotes live to play another game this season, after shutting out the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 at the Staples Center yesterday.

Captain Shane Doan scored two goals, and goaltender Mike Smith recorded his third shutout of the playoffs in the Coyotes' first win of the Western Conference finals.

The Coyotes still have three more wins to go for a shot at the Stanley Cup, compared to the Kings' one, but they're still in it.

Doan's first goal came on a power play late in the first period, as a pair of Coyotes went on a break against three Kings.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick beat everyone to the puck behind the net, and Doan jumped high off the boards in the trapezoid in an effort to cut off Quick's attempt to clear the puck.

The puck went past Doan, but Ray Whitney picked it up and delivered it back to Doan, who was set up near the goal.

A backhander from Doan got the Coyotes on the board.

On the second goal, Antoine Vermette won the face-off -- as usual -- and the puck went straight to Doan, who buried it square in the net.

For some reason, the goal wasn't immediately called, as the Kings rushed to get things going on the other end.

Upon review, it was clear that it went in the goal, smacking off the camera that hangs in the back of the net.

Smith stopped 36 shots throughout the game, while Quick stopped 19 of 21.

The Coyotes are back in Glendale on Tuesday, as they'll face elimination yet again.

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