This Controversial Hit Made The Kings-Coyotes Handshake Line Pretty Uncomfortable
May 23 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
The L.A. Kings completed their unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Finals last night with a 4-3 overtime win over the Coyotes, so the game's result provided plenty of drama - doesn't get much better than an overtime winner for a spot in the Finals. But some non-goal events gave the evening a little extra juice: namely, a controversial hit late in the overtime period (a very short time before Dustin Penner buried the game-winner, in fact) by the Kings' Dustin Brown on the Coyotes' Michal Rozsival. Here's how it happened:
But it's over now, and the Kings are moving on. And for the record: the Coyotes weren't the only ones who had problems with the officiating. The Kings' Drew Doughty, in fact, took strong exception to two rulings in the overtime period alone:
The takeaway: everyone hates the officials all the time, basically, not unlike how fans always think announcers hate their team of choice. The hockey gods sure seem to like the Kings lately, though, and that's what really counts.