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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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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

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Lock Up Playoff Spot With 3-2 Shootout Win Over Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — After a 3-2 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings could finally exhale, as the win earned them an invite to the post-season party, otherwise known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford scored in regulation time for the Kings. Stoll also scored the game-winner in the shootout. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Bernier, Stoll Lead LA Kings To 1-0 Win Over Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — Jarret Stoll scored a power play goal at 12:13 of the third period, while Jonathan Bernier stopped all 25 shots he faced to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 win over their Pacific Division rival, the Phoenix Coyotes, on March 3 at Staples Center.

The game was mostly a yawner, dominated by tight checking until Stoll fired a one-timer from left point through heavy traffic created by newcomer Dustin Penner. Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov never saw the shot—he was hopelessly screened.

The shutout was Bernier’s second of the season, and the third of his NHL career. Read more of this post

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