onathan Quick carried more than his share of the load to help the Los Angeles Kings advance to the Western Conference Final.
Sunday night, his teammates returned the favor.
Quick took an evening off from Conn Smythe contention, allowing a pair of potentially deflating goals, but the Kings supported him with their best effort of the postseason in a convincing 4-2 Game 1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the team's sixth straight road victory, one short of the NHL record.
"He has bailed us out all season, and a few times in the playoffs, too," Anze Kopitar said. "I don't think anybody was concerned or worried about it. We just looked at each other and said, `Maybe we should win this one for him.'''
Kopitar and Dustin Brown led the way, as they have throughout the postseason. Coming out of the gates fast and physical, they got the forecheck rolling early, setting the Coyotes back on their heels, grabbing themselves a seat in Mike Smith's kitchen and rolling up the shots in bunches.