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Video: Mike Smith slashes Dustin Brown

May 15, 2012, 11:28 PM EDT

The second period of Game 2 between the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes got a little ugly. Earlier we asked if Shane Doan deserves a suspension for boarding Trevor Lewis. Now let’s move on to the other memorable moment of violence: Mike Smith channeling the slashing spirit of New York Islanders great Billy Smith by hacking away at Dustin Brown.

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Somewhat comically, Brown received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the play, nullifying Smith’s slashing call. It wouldn’t end up being the only moment when Brown took a rough blow, either, as Martin Hanzal received a major penalty for boarding Brown in the third period.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - May 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Hopefully the Hanzal boarding will help Brown’s lisssssp

    • itsallniceonice - May 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Must suck to be a Sharks fan.

      • ron05342 - May 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        That guy is just a hater. He must be steaming mad right about now.

    • ml3939 - May 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      Hopefully making fun of people more successful than you on the internet will help your low self-esteem.

  2. howardforvezina - May 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    He could have torn his PCL with his stick. That was pathetic dont injure players because they are playing better.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      It’s a hockey stick not a pitchfork, stick to basketball please

      • stakex - May 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        Let me hit you that hard in the back of the leg with a one piece goalie stick and then see if you say that “its just a hockey stick”.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        I’m a goalie so I know that you don’t just give those out, Brown earned that one

  3. themohel - May 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Smith is a pud

  4. pavelfitzgerald - May 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    He looks like a lumberjack

  5. dsg1616 - May 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    A gutless/classless performance by the Coyotes all the way around. Even their announcers were whining throughout the game. Clearly not ready for primetime

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      LMAO really? what game have you been watching? All i see is dirty kings players resorting to cheating, IE holding sticks, getting away with trips, fighting guys after they are engaged with another player…bunch of bia’s.

  6. hrudey - May 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Hanzal may be in trouble – the end boards he rammed Brown into are going to miss at least a week with a concussion.

    As far as Smith, the whack he took was brutal, and his dive to draw the power play in the third was certainly much more embellishment than Brown could have been accused of.

  7. comeonnowguys - May 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    As if the flopping around against Chicago wasn’t evidence enough, despite his solid play this postseason, Mike Smith has also outed himself as a little b|tch.

  8. dukh8r - May 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Every time Smith gets bumped..he suddenly twirls around like he has been shot with a cannon…freekin hilarious…it takes a lot of skill to spin like that with all that gear on!

  9. highlander24 - May 16, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Should be suspended. But it doesn’t matter. We’ll take care of who ever is in there. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      LMAO can your team without cheating though? holding sticks, tripping from behind, and maybe they can fight one on one for a change? lol your team is a bunch of little bia’s.

  10. skippyx - May 16, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    This is worthy of suspension following the “Giroux Rule”. Shanahan can read Smith’s mind and know that he acted out with violence due to frustration and had a clear intent to injure.

  11. proudliberal85392 - May 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    mlml39: Darn right!

  12. taytay099 - May 16, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    How was Brown called for diving? Terrible call.

  13. Doesnotmatter - May 16, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    Brown got called for diving because he DOESN’T flop around on the ice like his leg has just been severed in half ??? He tries to get up but is obviously in pain and gets 2 minutes for embellishing ??? Nice work, ref.

    • comeonnowguys - May 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Exactly. When the guy who did the slashing was hit in the first round, he was “injured” exactly as long as it took to get the other guy kicked out, and not a second longer.

      To call that a dive is ridiculous.

  14. wicky888 - May 16, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    I can’t believe they gave Brown 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike. Thats HORRIBLE. Thats one of the worst calls I’ve seen.

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      not nearly as bad as the ref blowing play dead when Quick didnt have possession of the puck…

  15. lunchboxray - May 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Its about time Smith got called for something. I give him all the credit the world he is good in goal, he is also a dirty player, a classic bully if you will. He is more than willing to hand out hits but as soon as another player even grazes him he starts to cry. We saw it the Chicago series and we’re seeing it in this series.

    It seems like the ‘Yotes as a whole are a team of spoiled little brats. Well behaved when things are going there way and they act up when things are going against them. Not as bad as the Pens are but still pretty bad.

    And Brown being called for unsportsmanslike after being slashed in the back leg by a one piece goal stick is ridiculous. I would like to see the refs get hit like that and not fall to the ice just like Brown did.

  16. warpstonebc - May 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Too bad Mike Smith doesn’t have Tim Thomas’ status in the game. Last year, Thomas was routinely chopping anyone who dared to skate by his crease (the CBC morons even awarded him a hit in one game until someone read the rulebook).

    You got to love how inconsistent the NHL is. It wasn’t a penalty last year for the Bruins goalie to chop forwards in the achilles but is a penalty this year for the Phoenix goalie.

    I don’t think there’s a conspiracy in the NHL to get a LA + NY final–that would require too much competence–but such arbitrary standards don’t help anyone making the case that playoff calls are fair.

    • comeonnowguys - May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Yeah, I remember a certain goalie from a western Canadian team doing that to forwards that got near him back when he was an unquestioned starter and captain.

      Oh, right. It’s only inconsistent when it’s being done at your expense, not to your benefit.

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      the NHL refs are more inconsistent than NBA refs lol

  17. stakex - May 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    I think the guys on the intermission show had it right when they said there needs to be some sort of punishment here. That was a dangerous slash, and goalies are so protected there is no way you can deal with it on the ice. If your going to go above and beyond to protect the goalies, then the league needs to come down on them twice as hard when they do something dirty themsevles.

  18. darksidecowboy - May 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Enough already, you LA fans act like this is anything new to playoff hockey. I’m a Yotes fan and clearly can see the yotes are being outplayed right now, and frustration boiled over last game. You guys have seen the Kings/Yotes play all season, and know that most Yotes players are standup kind of guys, last game not so much. Seriously, the whole crybaby, thug names are out of character for this team. Again, not last nights game. Kudos to the Kings for playing like champions. The Coyotes wouldn’t be in this position without Mike Smith, he showed his frustration from being knocked into by Nolan every five seconds and took it out on Brown, it happens.

  19. comeonnowguys - May 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    “Yotes players are standup kind of guys”

    Your goalie is proving you wrong.

    And your coach:

    Reporter: If Smith is a game time decision, are you at all re-thinking that he should’ve finished last game? Can you take us through that a little bit?

    Tippett: No. He was fine.

    Reporter: But he’s not fine now, necessarily?

    Tippett: We’ll see.

  20. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 16, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    LMAO and I thought Laker fans were a bunch of pansies…you LA Kings fans are somewhere between a crying baby who just lost his binky, and a 5 year old kicking and screaming in the sand box.

  21. fiddytucker - May 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Lol kings are the same as the spurs. I like smitty. This was ” get out of my face” frustration spanking. No class on that one. Kings are just as dirty boys. He’ll show me a team that does not have moments… Bigger spotlight and coverage right now.

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