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Tippett on officiating: “If I told you what I really thought it would cost me a lot of money”

May 18, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

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Overcoming a third period deficit is already tough for an offense as limited as the Phoenix Coyotes’ but killing three power plays during the third period didn’t exactly help matters. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett – sort of – didn’t take the bait when asked about some questionable calls following Phoenix’s 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

“If I told you what I really thought it would cost me a lot of money,” Tippett said. “The game is turning a little dishonest [when it comes to] embellishment by the players. When it’s done well, it’s very hard for the referees. If you fall down by the boards, if you drop your stick or throw your head back you put the refs in a hard position … it makes the game dishonest.”

He didn’t go into exact detail, yet Tippett did say a few things that might get him a fine right there. Tippett also partially blamed penalties for Phoenix’s lack of offense, as they only managed four shots on goal in the third period.

Third period calls

One could argue that Oliver Ekman-Larsson shouldn’t have been the only one who received a penalty when he was whistled for cross-checking. Many probably didn’t like that Shane Doan and Drew Doughty received matching penalties and Brian Engblom objected to a Radim Vrbata slashing call in the game’s last minute.

Sutter’s response

When asked about the embellishments, Sutter’s response was simple.

“I didn’t see it,” Sutter said. “We didn’t complain last game.”

Perhaps that has something to do with that whole “winning” thing, but Sutter’s been pretty fair with his reactions. He didn’t make a big stink about the Shane Doan boarding hit on Trevor Lewis, for example.


So how big of a factor were the calls? Did refs make the wrong ones? Is Tippett out of line for making these comments? Share your thoughts.

  1. dawglb - May 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    If the League fines him for those comments, then, he might as well just tee-off on the official and the League. Geez, can a coach not have an opinion, these days? What he said was benign.

    • blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      “ZIP IT” TIPPET ! … you human twerp !

      As for you dawglb ? … well kindly “stand down” friend. O’Brien’s remarks are “spot on” here and there is nothing to further discuss. Tonight the Enrons played liked the “cornered” rats which they are and in the end, they were “dealt with” ! God bless the Los Angeles Kings and God bless their armies of supporters, including but not limited to …

      – Blomfeld
      – O’Brien
      – Namriverrat69
      – Ron
      – Bill Gates
      – Warren Buffet
      – Oside
      – Baroomher
      – Dadoun … and millions of others ! :)

  2. kp20520 - May 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Doughty form-tackled Shane Doan on
    a one on one play when phx was shorthanded. It was a pretty bad no call. With that said, I don’t think it would’ve changed the outcome of the game. It certainly didn’t help, but LA is clearly the better team.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      I thought it was a good non-call because Doan put Doughty in a headlock

  3. Doesnotmatter - May 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM


  4. cuffhimbanano - May 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Thank goodness for the Tweeter search feed otherwise I would have been left guessing what Tippett mouthed after that form tackle.
    Penalties aren’t the reason Phoenix is losing, buy that doesn’t mean it isn’t severely frustrating, especially with the growing number of Ginoblis in the game.

  5. yotesfan3 - May 18, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Tippets right, regardless of what happens in east NHL wants a new york/new jersey vs. la, two huge markets, great television revenue, and the refs are making it happen.

    • miketoasty - May 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      And let me guess, the Crosby draft was rigged so the Penguins would get him?

      Where can I buy a tin foil hat like yours?

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      You’re absolutely right. that’s why nearly every *questionable* call in the first round series went in favor of the larger-market Chicago. Wait, what?

    • grillmarks - May 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      You are an idiot.

  6. stakex - May 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I didn’t watch the game, but I a couple points should be made:

    1. The amount of diving going on in the NHL recently is out of hand, and is only getting worse. There are no where near enough diving penelties called… and what few are have been matching minors. Its as if refs are afraid to just hand out a penelty for a dive, or worse have been told not to call diving since it looks bad for the league. Either way, things need to change…

    2. Coaches shouldn’t be fined for speaking their mind. If a game is refed bad, or there is a lot of diving that went uncalled…. a coach should be able to make his feelings about that known. When the league does everything it can to suppress such statements, it looks like they are trying to hide the problem instead of fixing it. I think most NHL fans would agree the officiating in the NHL has been horrible over the last couple years, and the league hasn’t done a thing about it… other then handing out fines to anyone who complain about it of course.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      They called Brown for it in Game 2

      • wicky888 - May 19, 2012 at 6:50 AM

        Worst call ever.

    • danaking - May 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Diving could be stopped right quick if the diving penalty rubbed out the original call. I have a hard time understanding how those can so often be coincidental. Sometimes, sure, especially when the penalty may raise a safety issue, but if a player goes down to embellish a non-dangerous hook, call the dive. Once players see they can’t even get a four-on-four our of it, diving won’t be worth the risk.

      • brianforster - May 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Exactly! This has made absolutely no sense for years.

        But what do you expect from a league that bases suspensions on whether or not the player was injured.

        Love this game, if the league could just raise the bar on officiating and get the supplemental discipline taken care of, wed be moving in a great direction.

      • gohawksgo2012 - May 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        TOTALLY AGREE…. does not make any sense… for example, if you call a player for tripping, or hooking, and then call the other team’s player for “diving” or “embellishment” (or whatever they might call it), how could the original call still stand (either he tripped him, or the guy faked it, make your choice!)

  7. wicky888 - May 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Embellishment and too many penalties called on you? To that I say HA. Try coaching the Flyers and playing Pittsburgh, then you’ll have something to complain about.

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      The West has Vancouver. We’re good.

    • pens5829 - May 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Typical Cryer fan.

      • wicky888 - May 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        You know it’s true. Although I will admit, Crosby seems to do it way less than he used to. Unfortunately, Letang has picked up the slack.

    • marvelsmith420 - May 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Hey Wicky, remember that free goal the refs gave the Flyers in game one? Briere was like 40 yards offsides and the linesman was staring right at him. Pretty funny that you’re crying about being shortchanged by the refs when your team was given plenty of breaks in the first round. Also funny how you whine about the refs then rip Crosby and Letang for being whiners. Oh and don’t get me wrong, the Flyers have a great team and deserved to win. But this kind of attitude is a joke. I’ll just chalk it up to Flyer fans being Flyer fans. Woe is me.

      • wicky888 - May 19, 2012 at 6:58 AM

        I never said we were short changed. And I was saying Crosby and Letang dive and embellish, not whine. Perhaps you should read my post again. And it was meant to be more of a generalized statement, not necessarily referring to the 2012 series. And yes Briere was way offsides. I’ll wash that with the Penguins third goal of game 1 on a blown icing call. Refs are bad all around, every series every game. I wasn’t attacking the refs. I was calling out your players. If you can honestly sit there and say that Crosby and Letang don’t put on a show to attempt to draw penalties, you are either a biased Penguins homer or just plain retarded.

      • pens5829 - May 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Please spare us anymore whining. The Cryers won and moved onto Rd 2. Big deal! DOesn;t mean squat cause they got beat by the Devils and are out enjoying their off-season as well. The only difference between the Pens and the Cryers is the draft pick. Who gives a rats a** what you think of Crosby or Letang? You’re a Cryer fan w/ blinders on. I’ll take both of them any day over classy guys like Hartnell (Bitenell) and Schenn.

  8. eggserino - May 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    I wonder if he had the same conversation with his goalie when he embellished his fall and writhed on the ice on the Shaw hit earlier in the playoffs. Sure seemed like Smith was fine later in the game. This is just as much about players as it is about referees.

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      And Tippett had no problem on the day of the next game saying he wasn’t sure if Smith was going to start the next game, even though his goalie immediately said he was 100% after the previous game.

      • miketoasty - May 18, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        Players always want to play every game, no matter how bad they are injured. It’s up to the coach and medical staff to make sure that they are healthy enough to play.

        Kind of like how before this whole Crosby thing happened, people would play through concussions, coaches and the medical staff didn’t know they were having symptoms and the players just wanted to play so why mention it?

      • namriverrat69 - May 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        If you want confirmation about concussions just ask Adam Deadmarsh.

      • eggserino - May 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM


      • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        My original comment didn’t make it, so here goes take 2:

        @mike I’d be inclined to agree if the person in question wasn’t Mike Smith. Your comment cannot apply to him at all.

        He was in agony exactly as long as it took to get the guy who hit him kicked out, and not a minute longer.

        And Tippett didn’t help things with these comments:

        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.

        Smith embellished like crazy after that hit, and he’s shown a bias towards selling hits this playoff run, and Tippett played games with injury reports to get/lengthen Shaw’s suspension.

        They had a nice run of fortune and overachievement, but it’s over. Tippett needs to take the sweep and like it.

  9. hrudey - May 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Really, Tippett, having to face all of four power plays in the first 59 minutes left your team too exhausted to put up a fight in the third (and they only got four shots in the second period as well)? I respect coach Tippett and understand he’s frustrated, but all anyone needs to do is fastforward until there is four minutes left in the game and watch how the forechecking absolutely handcuffed the Coyotes and pretty much played three minutes in the Coyotes zone. That is why you couldn’t muster up anything at the end, and that’s why you’re down 3-0.

  10. mb65dod - May 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    What hypocrisy. When the Blackhawks played them he was happy that refs where on their side and he had no complains about Smith’s acting.

    Go Kings!!! Being a Hawks fan, it is nice to see that the team that outplays them also wins.

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      I believe it took five games in that series before I remember thinking, “Wow, the Coyotes really got screwed on that call/non-call.”

      That stuff adds up in a series of 5 one-goal, OT games.

  11. jkline3 - May 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Tippett has ZERO room for crying about the officiating in these playoffs. They had a couple borderline calls go against them last night, but they’ve absolutely benefited from a blow call or two (or three, or four…) in their favor throughout the playoffs.

  12. kp20520 - May 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    You are an idiot.

    Rational people

    • wicky888 - May 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Thanks. I’m guessing you are either a Penguins bandwagon homer or a fan of neither team who hasn’t watched their games for the past 4-5 years. If either is true, your comment does not offend as to be called an idiot by someone with not a f*cking clue means absolutely nothing.

  13. 1trojanlove - May 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Calls can go either way sometimes, normally the more aggressive team will get one or two more. The Yotes are just being out worked and out classed by the Kings…

  14. dsd3 - May 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Funny he should say this, since Mike Smith is probably the biggest diver I’ve ever seen. I’m sure he’s equally offended by that.

  15. xaf605 - May 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Ha nice to see things go against coyotes and such a joke to here Tippett complain about officiating and players taking dives when his own goalie put on the show of the year.

  16. scionofflame - May 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I think that complaining about calls is pointless. When your only recourse about your loss is to blame it on penalties, you’ve already done yourself in. Penalties do not lose games. Poor efforts do.

    I can understand frustration, but keep that in. Let it out elsewhere. There’s no reason to broadcast your anger to the world.

    • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      He threw the stat guy under the bus in Game 1!

  17. jimw81 - May 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    You wouldn’t have this problem if the league didn’t chase out their best refs and let refs picked by Bettman let this crap go on.

  18. marvelsmith420 - May 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    As a totally unbiased spectator who is actually rooting for LA to win the cup, I have to agree with Tippett. The officials have been awful, especially last night. The Kings were running interference the entire game and it eventually culminated with Drew Doughty doing his best Bill Goldberg impression on Shane Doan and yet somehow Doan was handed a penalty on the play as well. I’m not buying the fact that it didn’t matter either. It absolutely could have affected the outcome of the game. The Coyotes only needed one goal. Even a brief powerplay could have easily resulted in the Coyotes scoring and sending the game into OT. The NHL needs to get it together, it’s starting to look like the 90’s all over again.

  19. masher5492 - May 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Mike Smith flops every time he is touched

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