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Discuss: Penner sends Kings to Stanley Cup finals in OT win

May 23, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings are back in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993, but it took a wild Game 5 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes to do it. Following a questionable knee-to-knee hit by Dustin Brown on Michal Rozsival, Dustin Penner launched on a loose puck to finish things off 4-3 in OT, giving Los Angeles a 4-1 series victory.

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Let’s get chatting.

  • First things first, was that Brown hit suspension-worthy? If so, for how long?
  • Wayne Gretzky powered the Kings’ last run to the Cup finals but was also a Coyotes head coach. Who – if anyone – do you think he was rooting for in this series? (He might not have cared.)
  • There were some questionable calls, particularly in Game 5. Does the victory feel tainted to you or was it even enough? Speaking of penalties, a lot of people complained about delay of game minors. Does the league need to change that rule?
  • Shane Doan was clearly livid about the Brown knee-to-knee (among other things?) in the handshake line. Where does that handshake line rank on the awkward scale? Just behind after Claude Lemieux delivered a dirty hit on the Red Wings and Martin Brodeur after Sean Avery’s windshield wiper motion? What are some of your other favorite awkward handshake line memories?
  • OK, so it’s either the New Jersey Devils or New York Rangers for the Kings. Which team would be an “easier” matchup for Los Angeles? Either way, they’ll start on the road.
  1. taytay099 - May 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    That knee on knee hit should have been a major penalty. I really like Brown, but he deserves a good suspension. That was dirtier than anything Raffi Torres has ever done. Just ask Cam Neely about the damage a knee on knee hit can cause.

    • bethgoesglobal - May 23, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Yes, Brown should have gotten a penalty but to say it was “dirtier than anything Torres has ever done” is probably taking it a little too far

  2. creasemasta41 - May 23, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    The refereeing was once again a disgrace tonight. Missed calls for both teams, but have we come to expect anything less?

  3. sjsharksfan11 - May 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Horrendous officiating. How that baby Doughty doesn’t get an unsportsmanlike crying and slamming his stick chasing the reject in pinstripes is beyond me.

    • comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      Maybe because they realized they blew both calls?

    • taytay099 - May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      It’ll take more than a little shouting and stick slamming to get called for unsportsmanlike in the playoffs.

      • bdfools - May 23, 2012 at 1:00 AM

        Usually I would agree that you don’t call unsportsmanlike in a spot like that. But not only did he go absolutely apesh1t when he was called for interference, he repeated the tirade during the blown offsides call.

        He completely and totally showed up the refs and I would have understood if they had called him for it. However, I understand why they didn’t.

    • bethgoesglobal - May 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Despite the fact that neither call was actually on point, I do think he should have gotten an unsportsmanlike penalty, especially when he blew up the second time. Nice for LA to see him score though, since weaseling that gigantic contract his play has to have been a disappointment (and that’s being polite). A timely goal can be all it takes for a player to look like he had a successful season.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Dustin Penner scored a goal. To win a series. To send his team to the Cup finals.

    Let’s just all take a moment to reflect on those sentences being put together. Perhaps the Mayans were on to something with that 2012 stuff.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Free pancakes for everyone in LA!!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        I’ll stop now.

        Wait, he has as many playoff goals as Albert Pujols has homers but he gets paid slightly less than $250 million.

        Alright, now I’m done.

      • bethgoesglobal - May 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        I don’t know that could be a bad omen for the Kings :-)

  5. comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Just remember to wear your SPF 5300 on the golf course. I wouldn’t want you guys to get a burn.

  6. yotesfan3 - May 23, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    The Kings just made hockey dishonest.

    • comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      2011 and its Western Conference champ laughs at this.

    • creasemasta41 - May 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      coming from someone whos goalie slashes more than billy smith. The kings sure as hell werent angels but neither were the yotes

      • killerpooh - May 23, 2012 at 2:36 AM

        Billy Smith (no relation to Mike) wasn’t nearly as obvious and Mike “Blade” Smith. The slash on Brown was borderline intent to injure and had he connected with Mike Richards after Penner scored the OT winner, Richards could have easily had major internal injuries ..

        I suspect Smith will be sent to the wood shed for that ..

      • creasemasta41 - May 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Just don’t expect the nhl to do anything about it, they have an obvious soft spot for the coyotes and they’ll do anything they can to help him.

    • oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      u were down 3-0 in the series. get over yourself

    • sportsfreak13 - May 23, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      Raffi Torres isn’t exactly mother terressa. Browns hit was defiantly on the edge but so were alot plays in that game.

  7. comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    I wonder if Rozsival gets that penalty if he hadn’t had so blatantly dove not five minutes before.

  8. whitebearshaman - May 23, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    What can Brown do for you, dog? Take a seat and a shower. See you next year.

    Go Kings!

  9. greggoldberg - May 23, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    A few quick thoughts about that Brown hit:

    –Seemed less like knee-on-knee and more thigh-on-knee. Semantics.
    –No suspension is coming from that. People rarely ever get suspended for kneeing.
    –Those said, it absolutely deserved a penalty, but you think MAYBE the ref is more likely to call that if Roszival doesn’t have a blatantly obvious, horrendous dive a few minutes earlier?

    • Ryan - May 23, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      +1. It didn’t look like knee-to-knee (knee-to-thigh and body-to-body), and I’m not expecting any SD. Whether that’s a penalty or not, though, requires an explanation from people smarter than me.

  10. oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    F**K YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. whitebearshaman - May 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    What can Brown do for you.… Stanley Cup Finals, is what.

    • creasemasta41 - May 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      wow deja vu i swear i just read something like this….

  12. bdfools - May 23, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    The hit was borderline. I can see the refs not calling it considering the previous call had gone Phoenix’s way. Referees absolutely try and not make the calls lopsided in playoff OT. Sad but true.

    I kind of feel bad for the Coyotes. They showed some fight tonight and it’s a shame they went out like this with what’s sure to be some controversy.

    Congrats to the Kings though. They certainly do deserve to be in the Finals.

  13. xaf605 - May 23, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Great win kings.only fitting to see the coyote scum go down the way they did and Dustin brown should have gave doan a good knee as he went by him in the handshake line.not penalty worthy no way he could avoid that hit

    • bethgoesglobal - May 23, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      Those comments make you seem kinda scummy. “Brown should’ve kneed Doan”?? Really? REALLY?

  14. dannymac17 - May 23, 2012 at 1:09 AM


  15. highlander24 - May 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!

  16. bethgoesglobal - May 23, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    While it really isn’t a surprise that LA won in the end, I sure did enjoy rooting for the underdog and was hoping to see these 2 teams play a couple more games just b/c I loved watching these guys battle it out.
    The Coyotes deserve big up’s for their season and playoff run; hope they stay in Phoenix and that their results from this season will get people more interested in the game down there. Looking forward to next season!!

    As for the KIngs, it may have been a little dirty towards the end of the OT period, but you got it done- Kudos to LA! The Cup is yours to lose now- no matter who you end up playing. How cool would a LA/NYC Cup final be though, the 2 coasts, the 2 biggest cities (at least in terms of E.C vs W.C), and the 2 best goalies in the game!! Frickin’ awesome!!!

  17. dsg1616 - May 23, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    The Stanley Cup finals will be saved from the coyote flop and the mike smith chop. hate to see this flopping take the game down to the level of the NBA.

    Smith needs to change his game. he is obviously a skilled goalie when he stays in the pipes but garners an assist on the kings 1st goal with the icing off his failed pass. needs more discipline and to keep his stick to himself – he could been called on several plays.

  18. blomfeld - May 23, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    WE WIN !

    It’s as simple as that friends … and by doing so, we LA Kings are now Western Conferences Champions for 2012 ! What a terrific effort yet again by our team and what a game, eh ! … “them Yotes just wouldn’t go down ? :) Anyway, we now get a break before the “real” show, which will be a welcome respite for our troops, no doubt (ie: man is Doughty ever an excellent warrior or what ?). Anyway, hopefully the Rangers and Devils will now slug it out to seven games … 😉

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

  19. metalhead1385 - May 23, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Did anyone else notice the classless Phoenix fans shower the celebrating Kings with rubbish? Seriously who does that? Completely pathetic.

    • bethgoesglobal - May 23, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      Ummmmm, Boston? Oh wait, they’re just racist.

      • danphipps01 - May 23, 2012 at 4:09 AM

        And Philly, and Vancouver, and Montreal…

  20. dannythebisforbeast - May 23, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Don’t remember Philly throwing things after a loss. Maybe you just threw them in there cuz its easy.

    • wicky888 - May 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      That’s true, in Philly they just fight you in the parking lot.

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