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Mike Richards: refs “know what’s embellishment and what’s not.”

May 18, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes had to kill off three penalties in the third period of their 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. After the game, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett suggested that players were embellishing in hope of drawing penalties.

Although his statement didn’t address the Kings directly, given the context it’s not hard to interpret it as Tippett taking a swipe at Los Angeles. Naturally, the Kings don’t agree with Tippett’s assertion.

“[Tippett] kind of cut the refs down too and they have the best of the best here,” said Mike Richards. “They know what’s embellishment and what’s not. I thought they’ve called a pretty good game.”

Kings coach Darryl Sutter felt that the Kings’ first round series versus Vancouver contained the most dives, but each series has been better than the last in that regard.

“Supervisors and/or referees will come over and say, ‘You’ve got to cool it, next time it’s a dive,’” Sutter said. “I haven’t heard that yet this series and, quite honestly, it really hasn’t been a part of it.”

For his part, Tippett is ready to move on.

“I’ve said my piece on embellishment,” Tippett said.

  1. jimw81 - May 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    This is the same Mike Richards I saw embellish to get calls his way when he was a flyer.

  2. theocre - May 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    It’s always the officials fault. The usual lament of losers.

    • blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      “exactly” friend …

    • imleftcoast - May 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      “Quit whining and play the game,” the usual lament of those benefitting from Gary Bettman’s boner calls.

  3. cardsandbluesforever - May 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Richards is full of it. the refs do know what embellishment is, but due to the nature of the game they arent always in a position to see the entire sequence of events. i’ve seen more embellishment and diving out of the Kings through their entire playoff run than i saw out of the Canucks through the entire regular season.
    i cant count how many times i’ve seen guys like richards, brown or kopitar have a stick come up and not even touch thier helmet, but thier head snaps back like they’ve just been shot, and the hands out “did you see what he did?” look straight at the refs every time.
    drawing and embellishing penalties is brown’s specialty- he admits it freely all the time.

    this doesnt surprise me considering its a suter coached team. he played for and coached the blackhawks during the old black and blue days, and i remember the exact same antics from the blackhawks when he was behind the bench.
    its a cheap way to win games, but unfortunately it works. welcome to the new NHL….

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      *sutter coached team* did’nt want to insult the Preds defenseman.

    • blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      “i’ve seen more embellishment and diving out of the Kings through their entire playoff run than i saw out of the Canucks through the entire regular season” …

      if that statement is to be believed by the court, then I would submit to you sir, that during the contests which you reference, either you were engaging in gross “substance abuse” … or you were suffering from “catastrophic” visual impairment ! …

  4. sjsharksfan11 - May 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Oh shut up Richards you prick.

    • oside760 - May 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      haha someones bitter because their team is already done for lol

      • ron05342 - May 19, 2012 at 12:54 AM

        He’s had a rough month. He has been rooting against a team that has won every game in the past 30 days.

  5. fruitsareedible - May 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    They know what embellishment is, eh? I guess Richards agrees that Brown dove in Game 2 after the whack by Smith.

  6. skavenbrew - May 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of sour grapes. Do you honestly think flopping let the Kings go 11-1? No props for hard work at all? That’s funny. :)

  7. oside760 - May 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    you would think the coyotes wouldn’t have anything left to complain about considering they’ve complained about just about everything since the puck dropped in game 1. but they prove us wrong, once again. stop complaining you losers. go home

  8. Doesnotmatter - May 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    This is getting annoying. But as long as the Kings are winning, feel free to call them divers or whatever else you want. I can take it. Bring it on, you trolls.

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  11. raoool - May 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    the refs may indeed know, but sadly – like most calls (or non-calls) – whether they penalize it is too often dependent on who’s doing the embellishing. I’m amazed Letang isn’t suffering from self-imposed whiplash after the first couple games of the Flyers series.

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