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Phoenix Coyotes Reaction To Game 5 Loss Was A Disgrace

COMMENTARY: The Phoenix Coyotes, seething after Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown flattened Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival late in the overtime period, lost their composure, and, as a result, the game, and the series. They embarrassed themselves, and their organization, after the game, with perhaps the most ridiculous excuses one could possibly imagine for losing a playoff series.


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LOS ANGELES — After watching and listening to the reactions of some of the Phoenix Coyotes after they lost in Game 5 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals, a 4-3 overtime defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings, one would get the idea that the entire world, outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area, was against them.

That was just one of the common refrains emanating from the Coyotes dressing room after the game—they were livid about the officiating, especially after Kings right wing Dustin Brown laid out Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival at the Phoenix blue line late in the overtime period.

On the play, Brown was skating across the blue line, and had Rozsival lined up for a hit. A moment after the whistle blew for an offsides call, Brown nailed Rozsival, his shoulder slamming into his chest, while his left leg struck Rozsival’s left leg.

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Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Breaks Down LA Kings Loss In Game 4, 2012 Western Conference Finals

Following post-game interviews after the Los Angeles Kings’ 2-0 loss in Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, May 20, I appeared on Inside SportsFrom The Arena post-game show hosted by Charles E. Smith, Jr. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Are Flying High, While Trying To Keep Their Skates Planted Firmly On The Ice

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — It’s so close, they can almost touch it. But just the same, they would rather keep it at a distance, at least until they earn the right to talk about it openly.

“It” is the Stanley Cup, the most revered and coveted trophy in professional team sports, and with a win today in Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for just the second time in franchise’s nearly 45-year history.

The Kings have a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series, having won the first three games, and can complete a series sweep of the Coyotes, who have been badly outplayed in just about every aspect of the game in Games 1-3.

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Are The Phoenix Coyotes Grasping At Straws Facing 3-0 Series Deficit Against The LA Kings?

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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After his team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2012 Western Conference Finals, now finding themselves trailing the Kings in the series, 3-0, Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett began grasping at straws.

“Personally, I’ve talked about this in a lot of meetings with Don [Maloney], our general manager, that the game is turning a little dishonest and it’s embellishment by players,” Tippett fumed. “When it’s done well, it’s very hard for the referees, very hard, because if you fall down near the boards, or you drop your stick, or you throw your head back, you’re putting the referee in a very tough situation.”

“You know, [it’s] not just our game tonight, you see it all through,” Tippett added. “The referees have a hard job. What it does, it makes the game dishonest. In actual fact, to make it work to your favor, you’ve got to do it more. You’ve got to do it. If everybody else is doing it, you better do it, too.” Read more of this post

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