Are the Coyotes victims or predators?
by Brandt Corbin
Am I and was I cheering the LA Kings against the Phoenix Coyotes? Your Damn right I was. I found it comical at best on how the Coyotes felt “robbed” like they had been screwed over worse than Bret “Hitman” Hart at the 1997 WWE Survivor Series.
In case you missed it; late in overtime of game 5, Kings captain Dustin Brown hit Coyote defenseman Michael Rosizival mere seconds after the play was whistled down due to being offside. Replay clearly shows Brown had no time to layoff. No penalty was called on the play; on the falling faceoff Dustin Penner scored to clinch the series win for the Kings. “It’s unfortunate, for us especially,” said Phoenix de-man Keith Yandle. “They know we don’t have an owner. We don’t have anyone to back us up. For them (the refs), 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.“ Yandle and his teammates must have forgot how they got 6 powerplays to 4 compared to the Kings in game 5; included in the six were 1 powerplay in overtime and a 90 second 2-man advantage in the third period.
Was Dustin Brown clean or dirty? All of the “experts” are divided in that thought. But all throughout the playoffs and regular season the Coyotes have taken liberties with the Kings. Whether it was Martin Hanzal’s elbow on Mike Richards on February 16th or Hanzal’s shove from behind on Brown in game 3; or later on in the same game Derek Morris kneeing Rob Scuderi (5 seconds) after he got rid of the puck. With LA taking the high road the entire time during the course of these games. Not the same could be said for the Yotes. The Coyotes’ “actions (after game 5) were unprofessional and unacceptable,” NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell told ESPN.com on Thursday night.
Lets not forget the Coyotes have Raffi Torres, who some would consider a bigger predator than Matt Cooke. Torres has been suspended three times this year, including a 25 game ban for his hit against Marian Hossa. These were the comments of Yotes goalie Mike Smith about Dustin Brown's hit on his teammate. "If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play, this guy should be done forever. "If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play, this guy should be done forever." That is borderline delusional if you ask me; maybe he should be more worried about stopping the puck compared to doing the "Ron Hextall" on Dustin Brown.
Either way, mark my words this rivalry is just the beginning of something nasty. The Yotes will seek “retribution” on Brown; and the Kings will be fine with that and could seek some "retribution" themselves.