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Dustin Brown wasn’t the only King getting chirped by Phoenix in the handshake line

May 24, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

By now, you’ve probably all seen footage of the Phoenix Coyotes — most notably Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan — going after Kings captain Dustin Brown in the handshake line following Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

If you’ve haven’t seen it, FF to the 1:20 mark…

Brown declined to comment on what was said, but you can assume Hanzal and Doan weren’t asking him if he knew a fourth for golf this summer.

Thankfully, talkative Kings forward Dustin Penner was also involved in the handshake line. Here’s what he told Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider:

Question: Were you surprised at some of the stuff that was done in the handshake line?

PENNER: “Yeah, I’ve never seen that before. I got chirped in line too, for my headlock I put on Vermette in Game 2. He wanted to rehash that. I was a little surprised.’’

Question: What did you say? Did you just keep going?

PENNER: “I was really surprised. `I don’t have time to talk, right now, about this. I’ve got a flight to catch.’’’

Question: He didn’t send you a BBM or anything?

PENNER: “We didn’t exchange PIN numbers.’’

The NHL.com video feed actually caught the Vermette-Penner exchange (FF to :20)

The conversation looks short, but animated (at least from Vermette’s side of things.)

As for the convo with Hammond — my guess is Penner realized he’d said too much and quickly bailed. I also like to think he used the “pretend phone is cutting out by making bunch of crackly static noises” move.

  1. jpat2424 - May 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Sore losers

    • hiltonandastoria - May 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Yup, what a joke these guys are, never seen anyone act like that during the handshakes

    • rarelyshaves - May 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      love it. such a crap team of goons, nearly no talent at all. was so happy to see them leave.

      hope shane doan retires, hope mike smith goes back to smoking pot in his moms van

      • miketoasty - May 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

        No talent at all? Says a lot for the western conference being that they made it to the conference finals.

      • michiganhockey11 - May 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Is that a van down by the river?

  2. sportsfreak13 - May 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Pretty sure the pens and flyers series had more animosity then la vs phoenix yet they kept the handshake line respectable.

  3. saintjoestrummer - May 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Sore losers indeed. Maybe if they channelled some of that emotion into goals and saves they wouldn’t have gotten bounced. Tough luck, Cryotes. Better luck in Quebec City.

  4. schlitzy - May 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    first off… not a coyotes fan

    I think these guys should be cut a bit of slack. I think these guys are just sticking up for their teammates. the handshake line was literally only minutes after the Brown hit which obviously stirred up emotions for phoenix. then they give up the goal immediately after. it all happened so fast that nobody had the chance to get their emotions in check. I agree that the handshake line is no place for poor sportsmanship but these guys were in the middle of a corkscrew on the emotional rollercoaster. im personally not gonna judge them too harshly as that had to be really difficult.

  5. mclovinhockey - May 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Bbm…. Big bowel movement

  6. jason9696 - May 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    That’s funny that Shane Doan had something to say to Dustin Brown during the handshake. How many times has this guy been suspended now for his cheap shots?

  7. boisehockeyref - May 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    That’s right, it was all a conspiracy…I keep forgetting. Whatever… The officiating has been horrific in all of the series, not just this one. Please…get over it…

  8. toewsingkaner - May 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    What a bunch of sore-loser, whiny, no-talent, gutter-snipes. No wonder that Raffi Torres fits right in with this team. Go home and get yourselves some sportmanship, Cryotes.

  9. ynothockey - May 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I’m sure it happens more than reported. At least it gives all these coyotes haters something to talk and complain about. Guess they have nothing better to do, well when their not watching the real house wives of where ever!

    • toewsingkaner - May 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      How about those closet-Coyote “fans” that disguise themselves as empty seats during the regular season?

  10. sergeikremlin - May 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Gotta love Hanzal — the guy who tried to put Dustin Brown in a wheelchair and got suspended — chirpin’ him in the handshakes. You stay class, Martin.

    As far as Doan and Vermette, they let their emotions get the best of them, they’re human beings. I’m sure they regret throwing their fits now.

  11. ynothockey - May 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Can’t do anything myself but fill my seat. I’m sure Drew Doughty regrets his little pouting spat he had when called for interference also. I just wish the Coyotes would have shown up for the first 3 games . Kings were the better team. The refs have been terrible in all games for both teams and was NOT the reason coyotes lost. Coyotes will have a new owner soon. Hopefully sign some free agents over the summer and work on that power play. Lol

  12. jkaflagg - May 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Notice that right after the winning goal is scored, Smith and Yandle immediately start screaming at the refs, although the only questionable thing about the play was the appalling defensive coverage….the Brown hit was tough, but the essence of playoff hockey to keep playing no matter how bad the breaks go for you, and the Coyotes clearly lost their poise in a big way…..the Kings had some horrifying lapses just last season in their playoff loss to San Jose; hopefully the Coyotes will use this experience to strengthen their resolve in the future and give us some great West Coast playoff battles with the Kings, Sharks and Ducks going forward…..

  13. jkaflagg - May 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    many years ago, hockey writer Stan Fischler noted that hockey player answers to questions ranged from “thats hard to say” to “thats really hard to say”, so guys with a little color like Penner are much appreciated…..

  14. paperkid96 - May 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Sore Losers. Be a man, shake their hands, and then go blow them up on Twitter. That’s classy!

  15. kitshky - May 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I agree that I’m sure this happens a lot more than is reported, but it does just comes across bush league. As far as the series went, clearly the better team won .. .but I gotta agree that the officiating was beyond brutal and while you can pick out isolated cases here an there, overall Phnx did kinda get the shaft.

    (Whatever happened to the ‘NHL owns the Coyotes so they’ll get every call” conspiracy … I was looking forward to that one!)

    • mb65dod - May 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Did Phoenix get the shaft? So what about Blackhawks in first round? They’ve got the triple shaft…. There is no reason for them to complain about reffing because overall they did not end up on short side.

      • kitshky - May 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Dude, the only thing I was saying was that the officiating was brutal and if you were a fan of the Coyotes you have a case for being upset in the LA v. Phnx series.

        That doesn’t change the fact that the better team did actually win, and ya … emotions aside, the Coyotes should have kept it together.

  16. lsxphotog - May 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I lost a lot of respect for the Coyotes for their behavior in the handshake…then everything they’ve said after the game. They are sore losers. I mean I really hate to say it, but wow, they really are just trying to point fingers for their loss in the series – pointing none of them at themselves, though.

  17. darksidecowboy - May 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    All you Coyote haters out there can suck it. It was the heat of the moment AND a bad show of sportmasnhip, but jeez get a grip and go to Sunday school and be your perfect little selves.

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