Phoenix Coyotes' Season Comes to an End After Overtime Loss to Los Angeles Kings

The Phoenix Coyotes' season came to an end last night, in the form of a 4-3 overtime loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings in game five of the Western Conference finals.

It was really only a slightly disappointing end to what was the greatest Coyotes season in franchise history.

The Coyotes got on the board first, as Martin Hanzal took a shot on a power play early in the first period that deflected in off of Taylor Pyatt.

The Kings' Anze Kopitar -- a name now familiar to nearly all Coyotes fans -- responded with a shorthanded goal later in the period, with a shot that wasn't seen by goaltender Mike Smith until it was right in front of his face.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot came out of the woodwork for the Coyotes and scored a backhander in the second, and again, the Kings responded, that time with a goal from Drew Doughty.

Then the Kings' Mike Richards put one in, but Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle tied the game up at three later in the second period.

No goals were scored in the third period, but with just over two minutes remaining in overtime, Dustin Penner secured the Kings' spot in the Stanley Cup finals with a goal.

That overtime goal was preceded by a hit from the Kings' Dustin Brown on the Coyotes' Michal Roszival, and the NBC Sports analysts can give you an idea of how controversial that was:

That hit didn't please the Coyotes, and after that goal was scored, Smith and captain Shane Doan were hit with misconduct penalties, as if that mattered.

Even though it was a bitter ending, it'll still go down as the greatest Coyotes season there ever was.

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Matthew Hendley
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