Kings of the Road Top Coyotes on Way to Stanley Cup Final

Dustin Penner scored in an overtime thriller to close out the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Finals

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Aug 11, 2012  |  Updated 1:01 PM PDT
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Dustin Penner #25, Drew Doughty #8 and Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate the Kings 4-3 overtime victory against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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The Los Angeles Kings earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals, and they did it with another win on the road during a post-season run that has defied the odds.

The Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in overtime Tuesday. The win gave the Kings a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals for only the second time since the Wayne Gretzky era in 1993.

Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to seal the Kings' victory. Penner gathered a bouncing puck and beat Mike Smith between the pads for the game-winner, extending the Kings' road winning streak to an NHL-record eight straight games.

"It's the biggest goal of my career, thus far," Penner said. "Hopefully, there are a couple more waiting in the finals.

"I got a lucky bounce. I just waited for it to settle down, and I got a chance to get it in the net."

Anze Kopitar scored a short-handed goal, Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist, and Mike Richards also scored for Los Angeles.

The first team to go undefeated on the road en route to the Stanley Cup finals, the Kings will play Game 1 on May 30 at either New Jersey or New York.

That series is tied 2-2. They're set to play Game 5 of their best-of-seven series on Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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