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Yeo: Chicago ‘did a pretty good job of cheating’ on faceoffs

May 7, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Mike Yeo dropped a little gamesmanship prior to Tuesday’s Game 4 against Chicago.

The Wild head coach claimed the ‘Hawks were cheating — and cheating well — when it came to faceoffs in Games 1 and 2, in which Chicago won 72 of 139 draws.

“When we were in Chicago, I thought they did a pretty good job of cheating in some of those situations,” he explained. “I thought we did a better job at kind of handling that last game.”

Minnesota rebounded to win the faceoff battle in Game 3 — 40-32 — but both coaches were generally displeased that neither team got to cheat.

Linesmen Mark Wheeler and Steve Miller were throwing people out left and right, and Yeo was flummoxed as to why (and didn’t get much of an explanation.)

“I might have said a couple things,” Yeo told the Sun Times, “but it wasn’t much of a conversation.”

Talk of faceoff cheating has run rampant through these playoffs.

Yeo’s comments come on the heels of those made by Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault, who implied the Sharks were cheating/allowed to cheat in faceoffs during Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal.

Then, following Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Bruins, Toronto center Tyler Bozak said the B’s were “cheating better” in the faceoff circle.

Chicago center Andrew Shaw sees it a little differently.

“Every centerman cheats on draws,” he said. “That’s what you have to do to win draws.

“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying, I guess.”

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - May 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    So sick of all this whining around the league lately.

    • danaking - May 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      I hope the NHL doesn’t turn into the NBA, with all the between games whining and trying to get into the officials’ heads. Play the games.

      • orangandblack - May 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Especially during playoff time. Suck it up ladies and play!

  2. tfaltin - May 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Let’s face it, everyone cheats on the faceoffs. Ask Tyler Bozak last night if the refs notice. I’ve never seen anyone tossed more. The one thing that’s taking away from this playoffs is the constant talk of “cheating” on draws and begging for penalties or makeup calls. The Rangers didn’t lose game 2 because of the missed delay of game, the Canucks didn’t lose because Couture sold the high stick and the Habs didn’t lose (just) because Gallagher got hit in a hockey game. You want to make excuses like or appeal to refs all the time, go watch the NBA. This is hockey, shut your mouths and play to the whistle. I have no use for this between game drama.

  3. comeonnowguys - May 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Yep, that’s exactly why they’re down 2-1. Because Chicago cheats at the faceoff. Jonathan Toews has historically been terrible at faceoffs unless he’s cheating.

    Do I even need a /sarc tag?

  4. antiqueff - May 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. All this whining is giving the game a bad name. Another article on this site has Beiksa of the Canucks claiming that Couture and Thorton of the Sharks are embellishing to get calls. I LMAO when I read that. The Canucks, the team best known for diving and embellishing calling out other teams for the same thing he and his team have been doing since they came into the league is ludicrous. Beiksa and the Canucks should be more worried about the fact they are on the brink of being swept.
    Hey Kevin, have you got your tee times yet for this weekend? Should be good golfing weather.

    • loinstache - May 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      “his team have been doing since they came into the league is ludicrous.”

      uh you have 43 years of tabs on the canucks?

      • comeonnowguys - May 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        True, but if you take away the hyperbole, the team’s recent history supports his incredulity at their claims.

  5. 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    So Carlyle and Bozak, Yeo, Shaw, and Vigneault are all whining alternately about the other team cheating on draws or not being able to themselves, Therrien’s abandoned coaching in favour of calling Paul Maclean a big mean poophead in postgame interviews, and the Habs collectively twisted their panties into a knot so tight they burst into flames on a clean, hard hit by Gryba with an unfortunate (and accidental) result for Lars Eller. Oh, and Bieksa’s hysterically hypocritical diving comments antiqueff mentioned.

    Jesus, when did hockey become competitive whining?

    • freneticgarfieldfan - May 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      nice summary here, well said. And I like the expression “competitive whining” ;-)

  6. gmenfan1982 - May 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    If only the refs would simply drop the puck instead of constantly delaying the puck drop or faking out the centerman we wouldn’t have faceoff cheating. Never made sense to me why they stand there and watch each center poke their stick around to early.

    • mgp1219 - May 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      gmenfan – I agree 100% on this point. Seems like the linesmen want to be noticed or something. I’ve thought this for a long time now. I never understood why they just don’t drop the puck right away. What’s with all the fake dropping of the puck, anyway??

    • dentals1 - May 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      If you have to toss someone out on every face off it might be your fault Mr. Linesman. It’s like the end of that State Farm commercial with the fisherman and a dollar on the line. “Oh, Oh, you got to be quicker than that!”

    • 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      This is VERY true. The lengthy delay at each puck drop almost seems like it’s inviting players to do something and get thrown out for it. I don’t like all the complaining going on after the fact, but it seems like the linesmen are as much a part of the problem as anyone. Dropping it fast would actually go a long way to preventing the cheats players pull in the circle. No time to try any funny stuff.

  7. supercoop8 - May 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Once you notice the guy behind Yeo’s outreached arm you can never un-see him; he stares into your soul.

    • chicagobtech - May 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      I was wondering what that feeling was after I scrolled up to look at the fellow.

      A moment later I determined it was gas.

    • mp1131211 - May 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      classic… thanks

  8. mgp1219 - May 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    All whiners in the NHL Playoffs: STFU !!!!

  9. esracerx46 - May 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I partially blame the refs. Drop the damn puck. The longer its held the more guys are going to cheat.

  10. myroncopesflask - May 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I was so happy to see this @$$ clown leave the Pens when he did. I personally destroyed the Pens power play which was a monster when he took over it. Have fun dealing with this clown Wild fans.

    • spiciercheez - May 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Woah! You personally destroyed the Pens PP?? How can I get my team to contact you about being a penalty killer?

      • bustmustplus - May 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Way to pass the buck the coach pal oh wait you passed it to yourself. You must be pissin in bath tubs and laughing your @$$ off.

  11. comeonnowguys - May 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Growing up a Chicago fan, I got to see the “master” at this: Phil Jackson. I don’t know whether or not to be dismayed that it’s invading hockey, or encouraged that it took 20 years to reach this level.

  12. Jackson Scofield - May 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    The irony is that the NBC announcers spent significant time commenting on how Minnesota was not coming to a complete stop on face offs, and now they’re complaining about how the Hawks go about their business

  13. 91caleb - May 8, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    flavor of the month

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