Phoenix Coyotes One Loss From Elimination After Losing Game Three to Los Angeles Kings

The Phoenix Coyotes' incredible run this year is one loss away from being over.

The Coyotes lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center last night, in what was probably the closest shot for the Coyotes to win a game over this three-game stretch in the Western Conference finals.

The Coyotes were even first on the board in this game, as Keith Yandle made a sweet pass to Daymond Langkow early in the second period, which Langkow dumped in the net past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

It was Kings star Anze Kopitar who answered yet again, and scored on Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith with another backhand, as he did in game one.

A shot from the Kings' Dwight King early in the third period broke the tie, and wound up being the last goal of the game.

Kudos to Coyotes coach Dave Tippett for noting the officiating and the Hollywood acting of the Kings.

The Kings have certainly looked like the better team this series, poor officiating and Hollywood acting or not, but it's been frustrating for fans, players, and apparently Tippett.

For example, here's the Kings' Jarret Stoll acting like a child during an imaginary scuffle with captain Shane Doan:

This one's probably the worst, as Doan gets, what, spear-tackled? Followed by a smack to the back, and somehow, some way,


landed in the penalty box too:

Whatever your opinion on the officiating or diving -- which apparently is a disease for Los Angeles sports teams -- the Coyotes are still in it, as game four is an early one at noon on Sunday.

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