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Kings continue march toward crown; Rangers hoping to be better in Game Two

The Kings continue to look like the NHL's most dominant team. The way they're going, they may not get a chance to extend their record road winning streak until the next round -- which, by the way, is the final round.

Los Angeles dropped Phoenix again Tuesday night, earning a 4-0 victory to take a 2-0 series lead over the Coyotes in the Western Conference finals. Games Three and Four will be in L.A. on Thursday and Sunday.

It wouldn't be a surprise if the Kings sweep. They look that good.

""We really want it right now," forward Dustin Penner told NHL.com. "We want the first goal. We want the next goal. It's that intensity and that passion that drives us. It's that good type of fear that stops you from letting games get away from you and continues to push you forward. We use that fear of losing to motivate us as opposed to shrinking to it."

The Kings are 7-0 on the road and have won their last nine away from home dating to last season.

Besides falling behind on the scoreboard, the Coyotes lost two players. Shane Doan and Martin Handzal were kicked out for boarding, and the league will review the incidents.

"There's no question there's going to be frustration, especially when you get down in a game like that, guys try to finish their checks on the edge," said Coyotes and former Sabres forward Taylor Pyatt, who had three shots and three hits. "We've got to try and find some positives and get things turned around in Game Three."

In the Eastern Conference, the Rangers hope to build off their 3-0 victory over New Jersey in Game One. The teams meet in New York tonight.

"We've got to be better," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. "We know that. We've got areas in the game that we need to improve on and we need to work on. We'll be ready."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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