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Report: Coyotes under investigation for postgame actions

May 25, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

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According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Phoenix Coyotes will be investigated by the league for their actions following their Game 5 elimination in the Western Conference finals.

“Their actions were unprofessional and unacceptable,” NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell said.

There’s no shortage of incidents to investigate. Almost immediately after Dustin Penner‘s series-clinching overtime goal, defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Martin Hanzal aggressively skated towards referee Brad Watson, yelling something I assume wasn’t a confirmation for dinner reservations.

In the handshake line, Hanzal and Shane Doan had verbal altercations with Kings captain Dustin Brown, who moments earlier had taken out Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival with a questionable hit.

Later, Dustin Penner claimed Antoine Vermette also got after him in the lineup as well.

Yandle then continued to share his angst in the postgame press scrum:

“It’s unfortunate, for us especially. They know we don’t have an owner. We don’t have anyone to back us up. For them, I don’t know if it’s an easy way to not make calls, not show up.

“I know they wear the same color jerseys, the refs as the Kings, but they didn’t have to play for them tonight.”

That was followed by Mike Smith putting the NHL and chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in the crosshairs, saying “If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play then this guy (Brown) ought to be done forever.”

The NHL can’t do much in terms of punishing the Coyotes, other than levying the maximum $2,500 fine as stipulated by the CBA. But even that could take a while, as Campbell suggested in a text message to the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts.

“Not sure,” Campbell said regarding timetable for investigation. “[It’s] tough when a player’s season is over and to co-ordinate times [for interviews].”

  1. smushrodriguez - May 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    As punishment, they should be forced to stay in Arizona.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Hahahahah good

  3. proudliberal85392 - May 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I’m a Coyotes season ticket holder who attended the game. All I can say is the whole display was pretty tacky. You’re right…the team should stay in Arizona.

  4. 22lakings22 - May 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    As much as I would like to see multiple fines all the way around, the series is over and nobody will care once the Finals start. Besides, justifying their behavior is punishment enough. I’m sure they’re pretty proud of themselves for being “unprofessional and unacceptable”, especially given that all Rozsival suffered was a charley horse. Way to represent, Coyotes. On a lighter note…..Go Kings Go!

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      easy for you to say, when your team benefited from the absolute lack of calls on them. Spin it anyway you want, your team got serious help from the officials. your boy brown is a little punk bia too, and i cant wait for next season when we play your team….after they lose the finals that is.

      • 22lakings22 - May 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        If you want to keep a tally of the blown calls for and against each team, I doubt that the net number has anything to do with the fact that LA beat “you” 4-1 in the WCF. You may think that Brownie is a bi-yat$% (you’re ignorant), but the bottom line is that he’s an upstanding player who happens to hit hard and he has skills. The Kings are going to play hard in the Finals, and regardless of a championship or golf, bottom line is that they made it to the Finals while “you” are still whining days later. Get a grip.

      • navzgm - May 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        bia bia bia bia bia

  5. quizguy66 - May 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    It is kinda funny that if the NHL fines the Coyotes they are really just fining themselves.

    To counter Yandle it can be reasonably argued that the refs supported the Coyotes since they are all on the same league payroll.


    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      wrong, the league lost money on home games…about a mil each. If you want a theory that floats, you could say we got help to get to the last round then it was assured we would go no further. But we didnt get many of the Coyotes got suspended by the way? For the same type of hits that the kings laid on them and didnt even get whistles for mind you…(boarding in the last game, browns hit, etc)

  6. gaborik104life - May 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    As Cambell said their actions were unprofessional and unacceptable. However so much went on in such a short period of time for them that they were so built up and then instead of the game continuing and them being able to calm their emotions it ended rather quickly. Had the game continued a while longer they would not have that reaction. It was a heat of the moment type thing and that needs to be taken into account. The season they had was a memorable for them and one that they did not want to end as any team would not want it to. For it to end under the circumstances it did led them to lash out with their frustration and it was unfortunate it ended the way it did but Phoenix needs a little bit of slack. They made it to the WCF and it ended after an unfortunate incident that they felt was a penalty. All of them probably regretted their actions an hour after the game however in the heat of the moment a moment as great as an ot wcf elimination game they could not keep their emotions bottled. Let it go.

    • ballistictrajectory - May 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Remember, the lightbulb has to WANT to change…

  7. ruddigervancity - May 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    My guess is that they saw the tantrums and histrionics that Doughty got away with, and assumed it was fair game for them as well.

    • dipthatchip - May 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      are you the same dildo that always comments about Brown’s lisp?

      • ruddigervancity - May 25, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        Nope – different one entirely.

  8. stakex - May 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Hey, these guys were just pissed off… and I can’t say I blame them to be honest. The refs made/missed some awful awful calls in that game that almost all went against the Coyotes (there were some bad ones against LA as well to be fair), and while it might not have cost them the game in the end… it didn’t help.

    In the end though, it might not have looked very professional, but it could have been a lot worse. It was all verbal, no fights broke out, and in the end all the Coyotes ended up shaking hands. Just let it go, and focus on the finals.

  9. miketoasty - May 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Well, I was a Coyotes fan but the handshake is in the game for a reason, to show respect to the team that you just battled with. If you can’t take the beating like a man don’t play the game.

  10. emopell - May 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Hockey refs are and always have been the worst in pro sports. The game is so fast they almost always miss the first infraction and invariably call the retaliation. Goons seem to triumph.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      you’re an idiot

    • michiganhockey11 - May 25, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      The game is very fast, so what? Sorry it isn’t as slow and boring as the NBA, who clearly has the worse refs in pro sports.

      The game is fast, that’s why they teach you in mini-mites not to retaliate. 1 you’ll get caught 9/10 times and 2, it makes you look like an idiot.

      • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        ive been watching all the games…sorry, the NHL is now rivaling the NBA for that honor…

  11. xaf605 - May 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Coyotes are just a pathetic bunch of sore losers did they really think they had a chance at the cup!

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      and you are nothing more than a punk bia, just like brown..

  12. northstars17 - May 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    sore losers. right as I became a fan they lost me. with what could of been an incredible playoff run they just turned it around to trash acting punks. mike smith is a douchebag , why did he wack richards after the games over ??

  13. northstars17 - May 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Shane Moan is a douche. I hate the Coyotes now just when they were earning I respect . why did mike smith have to wax richards after the game ?

  14. jimw81 - May 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    maybe the league should spend this time investigating Fall Down Brown and why players are getting concussions than wasting time on this crap. It shows how the league time is being use.

    • 22lakings22 - May 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Brownie may fall down after a clean hit, but he gets right back up. That’s hockey. You, on the other hand, can continue to keep your kids in the shuffle board club team to avoid contact sports.

      • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        LMAO he falls down because hes a little bia…he acts like a stiff wind could blow him over on the ice! he is the manu ginobli of flops for the NHL..

  15. oside760 - May 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    the coyotes were complaing and being unprofessional from the second the friggin puck dropped in game 1. buncha cry babies and i hope that reputation of being a cry baby sticks with them. GO KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      your team cant win if the refs call a fair game…as evidenced in game 4. And your punk team cant get a penalty called unless they flop like little good luck with that bs against the rangers or going to enjoy watching them dominate and destroy your team…and see you next year, we will be waiting…

      • oside760 - May 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        hahahahahaha keep complaining hahahahahahahaha

  16. oside760 - May 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    shane doan is the leader of unprofessionalism

  17. mrdontknowitall - May 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    wow where do i start? first tippett orders torres to injure hossa(go back and watch the first period he missed him earlier in the game) he didn’t miss the second time ; then smith embellishes the shaw hit; then smith tries to injure brown with pitchfork to the rear of his knee; them tippett(total loser that he is) says in postgame press conference only reason we r down 3-0 IS THE OFFICIATING; then he says hockey has become dishonest with all the diving; by the way dave your goalie is the biggest embellisher in the NHL; waaah waaah waaaah phoenix coyotes biggest crybabies in all of sports. nice job you have passed the canuckleheads as the biggest jags in hockey.

    • interiorfan - May 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Your name says it all IMHO.

      • mrdontknowitall - May 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        but i know more than you

  18. darksidecowboy - May 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    WOW, looks like the hockey world went from not caring/giving a sh*t about the yotes to now they’re babies, unprofessionals, douches, etc. that people hate. I LOVE IT, as a fan, the NHL needs a villain. The Canucks can’t do it all alone. BTW, it could have been way worse. They made a mistake they’re human, it’s easy to say you wouldn’t react that way. Now we have fuel for LA/PHX rivalries. Hockey is entertainment folks. Who wants to watch the B Jackets vs the Wild ZZZZzzzz? Rivalry games rules. Next Year Yotes, I don’t care if your in PHX, Seattle, Quebec, LV, or KC!!!

  19. jrbrat13 - May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Wow!! You King fans jump on the bandwagon and trash any team you play. I must admit the post game activites were not the best. But I was at the game and seen calls that were not made for both teams. The last major call did play apart in the outcome. Yes you are suppose to forget and play the game. The coyotes were playing for their life. Don’t judge unless you have been in their shoes. Mr Dontknowitall please get our players name rights. And when your quoting our coach get it right. Do some research before you write your comments.

  20. dannythebisforbeast - May 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    NHL is a joke. Who cares if they say good game or FU to each other. It’s done and over. At this point only real hockey fans and fans of the team are watching anyway. I’m sure a lot worse has been said and done in years past during the handshake.

  21. jakpsu1 - May 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    It’s actually sad, the great hockey played during these NHL Playoffs have been overshadowed by all the constant bickering, questionable hits, and Shanhan’s iron fist, or lack there of. I wish the playoffs were played like the Olympics, with class and dignity. When the Olympics are over, you remember the great hockey games.

  22. tackledummy1505 - May 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    NHL is rigged. This league went from dying because of the glorious trap (Devils), to rebuilding, to crap again. The officiating this playoffs has been disgusting. I don’t know if it’s got it’s teams picked or not, but it’s been bad. The most important is the disciplinary actions that were taken. I put a video on here of Shanahan explaining an illegal up high check and why he got suspended. Everything Shanahan explained wasn’t done by Giroux but he got a 1 game. Torres hit was a penalty but when you watch these entire playoffs a lot of the hits were 3 times worse than that and not even a penalty was called. NHL treading that fine line of no one caring about hockey again. Good job boys

  23. proudliberal85392 - May 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    jrbrat13 I love you, man.

  24. proudliberal85392 - May 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Memo from a huge Coyotes fan to those griping about the team: Except for Kings fans, we got there…your team didn’t. Deal with it.

  25. oside760 - May 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    coyotes fans need to get over it. ur team f**kin sucks balls

  26. rake661 - May 26, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    What a bunch of Losers..crying about everything.. Maybe the Heat is getting to them..what about Smiths hit on Brown???? Who’s the Real Cry Baby.. Losers!!!!

    • pudd112 - May 31, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Exactly, what a cheap shot, and Brown gets a penalty for flopping! lovinthatsomanyhateonnd obviously didn’t mentioned Smith’s chop to Brown’s un-protected calf and that Smith is the tallest flopper in the NHL! Remember Shaw’s collision with Smith in the Chi-Yote series, you’d of thought Smith was run over by a tank, flop, flop, flop, get’s up plays like nothing happened. And watch the re-play after Penner’s OT goal in game 5, Smith takes a swing at Richards after the goal is scored, HELLO, Smith is a BIA! What F@%K is BIA anyway? Speak North American lovinthatsomanyhateonnd for christs sake!

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