Dennis Bernstein asked Darryl Sutter whether the LA Kings were a team of destiny. Sutter responded, “what’s destiny?”

It’s a simple and honest answer from an honest coach. Hard work, smart reads, simple plays, an honest game where our Kings, his Kings, engage in a relentless attack that comes with an aggressive forecheck and bodies to the net while the defense closes gaps in the neutral and defensive zones and doesn’t give the Coyotes any room to operate. That is LA Kings hockey and it has steadily come together leading to the playoffs and within it…and there is still plenty of room for improvement.

It’s been an emotional night. I watched our LA Kings tie the game, take the lead and never take the foot off the skinny pedal to the right. We took over in the third period. We dominated. We did so when it would have been easy to sit back and protect the lead. We don’t protect leads. We build on them. If that makes us a team of destiny, so be it. With my eyes, I see a team that plays to win and refuses to do otherwise.

The story lines are many.

Jarret Stoll’s increasing confidence and escalating greatness.

The chemistry of the CPR line, the Carter, Penner, Richards line that gives opposing teams a stroke.

Dustin Brown’s prowess and model captaincy.

Justin Williams. A critical part of the first line’s engine.

Anze Kopitar. Are there words for that delicious goal?

King and Nolan. Growing up before our eyes, maturing into the type of young depth players the best teams possess and others envy.

Trevor Lewis, Brad Richardson and Kyle Clifford. Roles that fit them like a glove and were made for their skill set.

Drew Doughty. Playing to potential and promise.

Willie Mitchell. A rock.

Rob Scuderi. The picture of consistency.

Slava Voynov. I can’t get the smile off my face each time I think about him.

Greene and Martinez. Teams wish they had a 5 and 6 this good.

Jonathan Quick. The king of goaltenders.

One game at a time remains the mantra. Enjoy this tonight. Bring your passion on Sunday.

Go Kings!