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HALIFAX —Robbie DeFulviis scored the winning goal 8:02 into overtime as the
Rimouski Oceanic eliminated the host Halifax Mooseheads from Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League playoff action with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Pat Angerer Jersey . Rimouski won the
best-of-seven Western Conference final 4-2 and will now face the top-seeded
Saint John Sea Dogs for the Presidents Cup. Peter Trainor and Scott Oke also
scored for the Oceanic while Alexandre Mallet picked up a single assist to
improve his team-leading points total to 22 in 17 contests. Alexandre Grenier
and Konrad Abeltshauser scored for the Mooseheads, who dropped the final two
games of the series by a combined score of 12-2. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan
Drouin each chipped in with two assists for Halifax. For MacKinnon, the two
points gave him 28 in 17 games, which is best of all rookie skaters in the
playoffs. Jacob Gervais-Chouinard made 19 saves for the win while Zachary
Fucale, the much busier of the two goaltenders, turned away 42 shots in defeat.
Despite the loss, Fucale was named the games first star as his 37 saves through
regulation time helped to keep his clubs season alive. The Mooseheads had to
play without their captain Cameron Critchlow after he received a Game Misconduct
in Game 5 for an altercation with Rimouskis Jonathan Lavoie. Rimouski failed to
score on three chances with the man advantage as Halifax went 1 for 3. Game 1 of
the Presidents Cup final will be held at Harbour Station on Friday in Saint
John. Trainor opened the scoring at 16:04 of the first period to give the
Oceanic a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Grenier tied the game at 7:27 of
the second for Halifax and Abeltshauser made it 2-1 for the Mooseheads 2:23
later. Even though they were being outshot 27-11 after 40 minutes of play,
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47th of his career.(Sports Network) – The Western Conference final will get
underway tonight in the desert, as the Phoenix Coyotes host the rival Los
Angeles Kings for Game 1 at Jobing.com Arena. You can watch the game on TSN and
TSN Mobile TV beginning at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. You can also get interactive
with the TSN Community with our live Game Night Blog on TSN.ca. Although the
Kings are the eighth and last seed in the West, they only finished two points
behind Phoenix for the Pacific Division title this season. Los Angeles certainly
has shown it is not your average No. 8 team in this postseason, as the Kings
have needed just nine games to eliminate the Wests top-two seeds. L.A. ousted
No. 1 Vancouver—last years conference champions—in five games and then
posted its first-ever four-game sweep in the second round against second-seeded
St. Louis. As a result, the Kings are in the conference finals for the first
time since Wayne Gretzky led the franchise to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993.
Meanwhile, the third-seeded Coyotes, a team that began NHL play as the Winnipeg
Jets during the 1979-80 season and moved to Phoenix following the 1995-96
campaign, are in the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.
Phoenix has arrived at this stage after beating Chicago in six games in Round 1
and disposing of Nashville in five games during the conference semifinals. While
the Coyotes have played strong defensive hockey since head coach Dave Tippett
took over the team prior to the 2009-10 season, Phoenix has taken its game to
another level thanks in large part to the goaltending of Mike Smith. Smith, who
signed a two-year, $2 million deal with Phoenix last summer, exceeded all
expectations in the 2011-12 regular season, going 38-18-10 with a 2.21
goals-against average, .930 save percentage and eight shutouts. The 30- year-old
has performed even better in this postseason, posting a 1.77 GAA and a .948 save
percentage through 11 games. All told, Smith has stopped 379- of-400 shots sent
his way in the 2012 playoffs and has also recorded a pair of shutouts. While
Smith clearly has been the MVP of Phoenixs run so far, the Coyotes have used a
balanced approach to scoring. The Coyotes have 13 different goal- scorers and
nine of those players have recorded two or more markers. Surprisingly, the
player leading the way on offense for the Coyotes this spring has been veteran
centerman Antoine Vermette, who was acquired from Columbus with little fanfare
at the trade deadline. Vermette entered this postseason with only four goals and
four assists in 42 career playoff games, but has exploded for five goals and
four helpers in 11 games this postseason. Mikkel Boedker, Shane Doan,
Martin Hanzal Taylor Pyatt each have three goals this postseason and Boedker is
second to Vermette on the team with seven points. Coyotes defensemen
Keith Yandle and Rostislav Klesla also have seven points apiece in this
postseason. “As you get closer, you get a little anxious. We had a couple good
days off,” Tippett said about getting this series started. Like the Coyotes,
Darryl Sutters Kings also are built around their goaltender, but Los Angeles
seems to boast a more dynamic offense than Phoenix. After garnering a Vezina
Trophy finalist spot for his spectacular regular season, Jonathan Quick has
continued to play brilliantly between the pipes in the playoffs. Quick is 8-1
with a 1.55 GAA and .949 save percentage, but he has not been as busy as Smith,
stopping 260-of-274 shots along the way. The Kings have relied on 15 different
goal-scorers in these playoffs to get to the conference final round for the
first time in 19 years. Captain Dustin Brown not only has been the emotional
leader for the Kings, but hes been the cllubs best offensive weapon this
postseason as well. T.Y. Hilton Jersey. Brown is leading the team
in goals (6), points (11) and plus-minus (plus-9). Hes also first on the team
with two short-handed goals and is tied with Jarret Stoll with two game-winning
tallies. Anze Kopitar is perhaps the best all-around forward for the Kings and
is second to Brown this postseason with 10 points on three goals and seven
assists. The Slovenian has also developed into an excellent defensive player and
is leading all L.A. forwards in average ice time (21:20) in these playoffs.
Another two-way threat for the Kings is Mike Richards, who was acquired in a
blockbuster trade with Philadelphia last summer. The former Flyers captain is
one of the NHLs premier penalty killers and has posted three goals and five
assists in his first nine playoff games as a King. Richards has 58 points (19G,
39A) in 72 career postseason games. Jeff Carter, a longtime teammate of Richards
in Philadelphia, has the skills to be a top-notch sniper, but the former 40-goal
scorer has posted one goal and three assists in this playoff run. Meanwhile,
Dustin Penner has exceeded expectations this spring with seven points on two
goals and five assists. Drew Doughty is the leader of the L.A. defense and is
averaging a team-high 25:45 of ice time a game in the playoffs. He is also
leading the Kings blue line with six points on one goal and five assists and is
a plus-seven for the postseason. “We still have that main defensive base that we
focus on, but with the guys getting their confidence and learning their
linemates, thats why were putting more pucks in the net,” Doughty recently told
NHL.com. “We all know in here that we can continue to keep going.” The one and
only weakness L.A. has shown in the playoffs is its inability to produce goals
on the power play. The Kings were ranked 16th in PP efficiency during the
2011-12 campaign, but theyve scored just four times on 47 opportunities (8.5
percent) this postseason. One reason L.A.s lack of success on the power play
hasnt hurt the Kings is that theyre an excellent penalty-killing team that has
offset its lack of production on the man advantage with four short-handed goals
this spring. Los Angeles has also killed off 35-of-38 penalties (92.1 percent)
in the 2012 postseason. This is the first time the Kings and Coyotes will meet
in the postseason, but the Pacific rivals did face each other six times during
the 2011-12 campaign. The Kings and Coyotes split the season series and three of
the meetings went past regulation. All told, L.A. outscored Phoenix by a 13-12
margin, but nine of the 25 goals scored over the six battles came when the
Coyotes posted a 5-4 shootout victory in the final regular-season clash between
the clubs on Feb. 21. A key player for Phoenix in this series is forward
Radim Vrbata, who led the Coyotes with 35 goals during the regular season, but
has posted only two goals and two assists in 11 games this postseason. Vrbata
was the best player for the Coyotes against L.A. this season, recording five
goals and seven points over the six encounters. Brown and Kopitar each posted
five points in the season series against the Coyotes, while Carter has yet to
face Phoenix as a member of the Kings. Smith and Quick compiled nearly identical
numbers against each others teams this season. The Coyotes netminder was 3-1-1
with a 1.75 GAA in the series, while Quick was 3-1-2 with a 1.78 GAA. The
Coyotes, who will also host Game 2 on Tuesday, are 4-2 on home ice in the
playoffs after posting a 22-13-6 record at Jobing.com Arena during the regular
season. Los Angeles has a perfect 5-0 record on the road this postseason. The
Kings were 18-13-10 as the guest during the 2011-12 campaign. ’ ’ ’ 

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