OK, right about now the hockey fans of North America have to be getting a little itchy. Confused. Not sure they understand what they're feeling, but maybe just because they have never seen it before. The Los Angeles Kings have now won 10 of their 11 games in this year's NHL playoffs, including every game in the other guys' rinks. All of those teams were better than the Kings during the season — were faster, bigger and tougher — but the LA team is playing seamless, relentless hockey. They swarmed with such precision tonight in Phoenix, overwhelming the Coyotes 4-0, that their movements seemed choreographed, almost elegant. It was the Kings' most lopsided win yet in this improbable run, and in two games in Phoenix they outscored the Coyotes 8-2. They are getting better individually and as a team with each game.
Here's something you may not know about the Kings, but might find interesting. Four of them are just 22 years old. One is 21. Some who are trying to grow their playoff beards can't. Only two of the Kings who played tonight are over 30. Twelve of them are Canadian, six are American, a couple are Russian and their top scorer is Slovenian.
They now come home to Staples Center to play Thursday afternoon and Sunday at noon. If they win both games, the Kings are in the finals and will play for the cup against the best team from the east. This could be fun, LA.
Hockey weather: It was over 100 today in Phoenix.
Kings captain Dustin Brown after the game:
Previously on LA Observed:
Sportsageddon downtown this weekend