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Dave Tippett steps away from the diving talk

May 19, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

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When the Coyotes were humbled in Game 3 against Los Angeles, the big talk afterwards came from Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. Tippett seemed to accuse the Kings of embellishing hits to draw calls and with his team down 3-0 in the series and frustrated, it came off looking poorly.

In talking to the media a day later, Tippett cooled his talk about diving saying it’s something that’s been going on all playoffs. Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider has the word from Tippett.

“I said my piece on embellishment. It wasn’t geared toward that game last night,” Tippett said. “I talked about this from the start of the year. So I’ve said my piece on that.”

Embellishment isn’t something you hear many coaches talk about and, according to Hammond, Tippett isn’t one of them as he points out Tippett hasn’t been quoted about diving this season (according to the ole’ Google search). That diving talk comes up now with his team’s back against the wall isn’t surprising as you try to get any and every edge you can.

That said, if diving calls are going to be made like the call against Dustin Brown in Game 2 after he was maliciously hacked in the leg by goalie Mike Smith, maybe we’re better off not seeing those calls made at all.

  1. blomfeld - May 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM


    Another terrific article from Yerdon which isn’t so much a news story, as it is a “statement of fact” … well done sir ! :) Yes, Tippett was indeed grasping at straws by trying to question the King’s integrity the other night. It was flat out wrong and he knew that at the time. But he has come to his senses quickly enough and therefore we hold nothing against him. Nonetheless, it can’t be easy for these coaches like Tippett, Hitchcock or Vigneault ? Their teams are all excellent and loaded with talent, just like our LA Kings. But what they don’t have which the Kings do is “love” … and without love, it will never be the same, no matter how hard you try …

  2. nyrangersfan - May 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Mike Smith is the most dirty goalie I’ve ever seen. Not to mention a drama queen. It doesn’t take much more than a player to skate by him and he’ll throw himself on the floor as if a truck hit him. So maybe Tippet should talk to his own team about embellishment before accusing other teams for doing it. The linesman who called that embellishment call on Brown should have been suspended.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      Well said sir … and may we meet in the finals, where no quarter shall be asked and none shall be granted … let it be that the “best” team prevail as champions, God willing …

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