Anze Kopitar is the deke machine: His second-period equalizer was a game-changer, a series-shifter, a back-breaker, a backs-against-the-waller. The feather touch can sometimes come back to haunt players -- shoot the puck! -- but the best know when to use it. And Kopitar found the five-hole on Mike Smith beneath all that padding.
Did you say Daymond Langkow? The very veteran Langkow's goal, followed by a mirror-image setup for Kopitar's goal, proved that the long lead pass up the middle is the new thing. The red line needs to stay out, people. We ain't going back. Nor should we.
Remember, they are near Hollywood: So a guy named "King" turns out to be a star for the Kings. Pre-dict-able.
No, in your face: Dustin Brown has to be the most-abused, most-face-washed player in these playoffs. It seems like every time you look, he's on the suffering end of near-fatal checks-from-behind by Martin Hanzal, Billy Smith-esque chops to the padding-less delicate backs of the knees by Mike Smith and chiropractic head-cranking by Shane Doan. It's like the Coyotes' entire strategy hinges on beating up poor Dustin Brown. And all he does is bounce back and set up or score key goals. Now that's playoff hockey.
Last thing to know: The Coyotes are toast, which saves the NHL the possible embarrassment of having commissioner Gary Bettman take his turn carrying the Stanley Cup around the ice in June.