The Kings are now 10-1 this postseason. That is tied for the best start to a Stanley Cup playoffs since 1980. Of the previous 4 teams to do it, however, only the 1988 Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup.
FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Jeff Carter scored the final three goals in the Kings' 4-0 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. It was the first hat trick by a Kings player in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky's three-goal night in Game 7 of the 1993 Campbell Conference finals at Toronto. Carter was only the fourth NHL player since 1999 to record a "natural" hat trick in the playoffs. The others were Detroit's Darren McCarty (2002), San Jose's Patrick Marleau (2004) and Detroit's Johan Franzen (2010).
FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots to lead the Kings to a 4-0 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. Quick has now won each of his last nine road playoff games dating back to last year. Only one goaltender in NHL playoff history had a longer road winning streak than Quick: Billy Smith, who won 10 consecutive road playoff games for the Islanders from 1979 to 1980 (he also had a nine game streak from 1982 to 1983).