The weather is hot when the Coyotes and Kings play. So are the tempers
Each NHL team’s current rivalries
THE LAST TIME THE COYOTES saw the Stanley Cup playoffs, they dropped a five-game series to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings in 2012. The Coyotes were also seething mad about the way things ended.
It was in overtime of Game 5 when Kings winger Dustin Brown delivered a post-whistle knee-on-knee hit to Michal Rozsival that knocked him out of the game. Inexplicably, Brown wasn’t penalized, and the Kings scored later in the first overtime period to win the Western Conference final. The Coyotes were steaming mad. Shane Doan and Mike Smith received game misconducts for verbally abusing the officials after Dustin Penner’s winner.
Doan’s post-game tirade was one for the ages, and you can see it on YouTube. The Coyotes believe the officiating was unfair, but that rage comes out in the form of a blood feud against the Kings. In a pre-season game, L.A.’s Jordan Nolan knocked Rostislav Klesla out with a concussion and whiplash.
The two teams meet Oct. 11, Dec. 4, Dec. 20 and March 16.