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As I’ve been telling my oldest daughter, all of 4 going on 14 years old, tantrums and talking back will get you absolutely nowhere in life. The NHL is looking to reinforce the same with the Phoenix Coyotes based on the following report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com:

The NHL is further investigating the postgame actions and comments of some Phoenix Coyotes players after their season-ending, overtime loss in the Western Conference finals, league executive vice president Colin Campbell told ESPN.com on Thursday.

The league is not pleased with some of what happened after Dustin Penner‘s overtime winner Tuesday night for the Kings, including Coyotes center Martin Hanzal skating aggressively toward a referee and making a gesture, goalie Mike Smith throwing his stick and Keith Yandle‘s postgame comment in which he suggested it was no surprise the calls didn’t go his team’s way given the similar colors of the refs’ and Kings’ uniforms.

“Their actions were unprofessional and unacceptable,” Campbell told ESPN.com.

The Coyotes were upset and emotional after their season ended just moments after Kings winger Dustin Brown crushed Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival with a controversial, borderline hit. There was no penalty on the play.

The league may decide to do nothing, but also could fine some players $2,500 apiece, the maximum under the collective bargaining agreement.

I guess the Coyotes didn’t get the message about losing gracefully. Showing up your opponents and referee’s post game are similar to a petulant, say, 4 year old not getting their way. Of course, any actions that come from this will only fortify the Coyotes position near the top of the NHL’s most Whiningest teams for the year (See the back and forth between the NY Rangers and…well, just about any opponent they’ve faced in the playoffs this year).  As it is, the Coyotes get to deal with the embarassing report that came out the other day that “Dr. Doan” is a better hockey player than sports medicine physician and that his doomsday ‘prognosis’ about teammate Michal Rozsival’s’blown out knee’ was reclassified by Real Doctors as a bruise.

Grow up, learn to lose gracefully, and maybe you boys can do battle with the Kings next year in the playoffs. That is, if Rozsivals’ blown out knee is feeling better by then…

  1. BeccaBoo
    May 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    “Keith Yandle‘s postgame comment in which he suggested it was no surprise the calls didn’t go his team’s way given the similar colors of the refs’ and Kings’ uniforms.”

    He’s obviously an idiot. He must not have realized that the Kings sat in the box for the first period. Haters, I tell ya! LoL

  2. May 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Nobody likes sore losers!

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