(GLENDALE, Ariz.) –The Los Angeles Kings are rolling through the 2012 NHL Playoffs.
Los Angeles took a commanding 2-0 series lead on Tuesday night after they beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 and will head home to try and close out the series at the Staples Center.
Kings center Jeff Carter recorded a natural hat-trick in the third period on the power play and sent the Coyotes fans home wondering if they’ll even see their team play again at home in 2012.
“It’s a mindset; we get away, there’s no distractions,” Carter said. “For some reason, this team likes to play on the road.”
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said his team played better in game 1 but still was able to find a way in game 2 to pull out another road win.
“I think we held our own early and we didn’t want to get into penalty trouble,” said Sutter. “I didn’t think tonight we were especially great, I thought we were better the first game than we were tonight.”
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had 24 saves in the game 2 victory.
Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals will be on Thursday night.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN