Kings jump out to 1-0 Western Finals lead: Monday's Notes

May 13, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King (74) and center Mike Richards (10) celebrate after scoring on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) as defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) reacts during the second period of game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Western Conference playoffs finally took a step forward last night, with the Los Angeles Kings seizing the early advantage over the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-2 win. Tonight, the Easter Conference Finals will get underway, while here in Nashville, a tough off-season of personnel decisions will begin...

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