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Tippett: “L.A. beat us. That’s what should be remembered, not the refereeing”

May 23, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

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Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett let loose a bit about officiating after a Game 3 loss, but he seemed to be the voice of reason after a stunning 4-3 OT loss in Game 5. Camera caught him attempting to calm down captain Shane Doan before the handshakes commenced and he was diplomatic during the post-game press conference too.

“[Complaining about calls is] not going to do any good right now. It is what it is,” Tippett said. “Ultimately, the last two games were our best games, but they were too late. L.A. beat us. That’s what should be remembered, not the refereeing.”

Tippett essentially agreed with the sentiment that the Coyotes began to play their best hockey too late in the series. Getting booted out of the postseason in that fashion might be on par with the stanchion-assisted shock the 2011 San Jose Sharks felt in last year’s Western Conference finals, but Tippett deserves credit for keeping his cool.

Perhaps he believes that there will be a “next time” for his team.

  1. blomfeld - May 23, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    You’re a “good man” Tippett …

    As ardent and loyal LA Kings fan, tonight’s victory has left me at a complete loss for words. Nonetheless, I will say that “trying circumstances” always reveal one’s true character … and in this vain, one does have to tip one’s hat to David Tippett … never forget friend that tomorrow is “always” a new day … God speed to you …

  2. sjsharks66 - May 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    That’s class, respect to him.

  3. darksidecowboy - May 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Tippett said it best. Being a fan of Coyotes since 1996, the team has never come together until Tippett kicked it’s ass and made the team play like a team. They just faced a better team in the Western Conference. Kudos to the Kings, maybe they can finish off what Gretzky’s version couldn’t. Good luck LA fans, we’ll be waiting next season. I look forward to building this 6 hour drive rivalry for few seasons.

  4. loufilliger - May 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Tippett’s remarks may be classy now but sending his players out to target Dustin Brown with cheap hits throughout the entire series wasn’t too classy. It shouldn’t just be up to the league to discipline players. Hanzal should have sat out the rest of the series for his hit in game 1.

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