NHL: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 2

May 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz., May 13 (UPI) -- Dustin Brown scored the go-ahead goal in the third period Sunday and the Los Angeles Kings bested Phoenix 4-2 in the opener of the Western Conference finals.

With the score tied 2-2 early in the final period, the Kings' Slava Voynov got control of the puck at center ice and fired a long pass onto the stick of Brown streaking into the Coyotes' zone.

The Los Angeles captain moved into the right circle and fired a quick wrist shot that got under the arm of Phoenix goalie Mike Smith for the decisive tally -- Brown's seventh goal of the post-season.

Dwight King scored in the second period and added an empty-netter while Anze Kopitar also tallied for Los Angeles, which improved to 6-0 on the road in the playoffs.

Jonathan Quick turned aside 25-of-27 shots to earn the victory.

Derek Morris and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes.

Smith finished with 44 saves.

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