The West Is Won

May 15, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) and center Mike Richards (10) celebrate a goal by center Jeff Carter (77) as Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) and center Antoine Vermette (50) react during the second period of game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Ok, it's not, but it might as well be. I'm sure to receive a few admonishments from some corner of the internet, but I really think there's no chance that the Phoenix Coyotes ever come back to beat the Los Angeles Kings.

If you're looking for a recap of the game, there's no better place than Five For Howling, who had an understandably dour take on last night's events.

Plenty more links over the jump.

Why GMs Overpay for Bottom Six Players
Good read from Danny Gray at The Leafs Nation.

The list of "could-be" Maple Leafs grows daily…
ROSTERBATION. From Michael Langlois.

Is Martin Hanzal’s shove from behind on Kings’ captain Brown worthy of suspension?
From Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy.

Marlies vs. Barons, and 15 points on the playoffs so far
Anthony Petrielli with a few thoughts on the Marlies' run at MLHS.

Injuries in short supply so far in NHL playoffs
The four teams left in the chase for the Stanley Cup have managed to stay healthy, says James Mirtle.

Backhand Shelf Podcast
The latest from Bourne and Pizzo.

A Stanley Cup in 2012 makes the Brad Richards contract a good one
Sigh. From Chris Lund at Backhand Shelf.

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