ST. LOUIS Ken Hitchcock shot straight.
"Not happy at all," the St. Louis Blues coach said.
His team had just notched a 2-1 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes (18-17-8) on Thursday night at the Scottrade center, a win that improved the Blues' record to 25-16-2.
Instead, Hitchcock was more fired up about a "dangerous play" he believed went unpenalized late in the third period, the same incident that caused him to earn a game misconduct penalty following the final horn.
Moments before Phoenix's Radim Vrbata backhanded a power-play goal past Blues' goalie Brian Elliot with 1:07 left in the game, Alex Pietrangelo was hit hard in the back by Martin Hanzal. Following the goal, a Blues' crowd of more than 17,000 erupted. But no cross-check penalty came.
"Nope," Hitchcock said when asked if he heard from the game's referees. "No explanation. I didn't wait around."
The goal led to a game spilling into overtime, followed by a tense shootout in which Elliot shined by stopping all ...