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Videos: Coyotes-Kings awkwardly shake hands; Brown is superstitious

May 23, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

The 2012 Western Conference finals ended with the Los Angeles Kings winning in stunning fashion by a score of 4-3 over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 5. Despite the shock in Phoenix, the NHL observed time-honored traditions.

First, here is some footage of the awkward handshake line exchange between the two games, just moments after the controversial Dustin Brown hit and the series-clinching Dustin Penner goal.

For those of you who want to find out how superstitious a team/player is, Kings captain Dustin Brown opted not to touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl. It’s an ongoing debate even after teams that did and didn’t touch it won and lost in the Stanley Cup finals.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - May 23, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Actually, while he might be superstitious, it might also be a statement that “we don’t consider this worth celebrating; there is only one trophy worth celebrating and we haven’t won it yet.”
    And whatever nonsense there may have been, from this neutral’s couch, it was easily the most exciting game of the series, perhaps the only exciting game of the series.
    And it is a little weird that the Kings won’t have another home game for nearly two weeks!

  2. michiganhockey11 - May 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I’d be interested to know what the record is for teams that have touched the conference finals trophy and how many went on to win the cup.

  3. daryllh - May 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    (preface with the fact that I didn’t get to watch the game or the stuff that went on afterwards. just commenting on videos and commentary from news sources)

    Not sure how I feel about Doan in the handshake line. I’m sure what he said wasn’t that aggressive but a captain shouldn’t start complaining to players at that point.

    • comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Especially since the two biggest guys complaining each had questionable hits in the same series.

  4. namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Sour grapes in the handshake line is classless. Then they went into the locker room and cried and whined they were shafted by the refs.

    I’m sure when they had the 5 on 3 for 1:42 late in the 3rd period PHX had visions of icing the game before they even started. They were aware of the questionable call on Doughty and it didn’t bother them. They only whine and cry over calls or noncalls they don’t like.

    Either way they lost and I am glad. I am an avid Kings fan and season ticket holder for years but I don’t recall a team with such a negative attitude over every little thing that didn’t go their way. Too bad for them because when you focus on negative things that happen it keeps you from staying in the moment which is what cost them this game.

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