Found May 15, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
I wonder if Jason LaBarbera wakes up at 3AM and wonders about how he arrived where he is right now. He’s Mike Smith’s backup, and a goalie who’s been on both teams in the Western Conference finals. (For the bar bet of the week, he’s also tended goal for the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers.) He’s been the #1 goalie in the minors, but other than one season with the LA Kings, he’s played understudy.Continue reading "The Understudy knows all the parts: Jason LaBarbera"

Coyotes goalie slashes Dustin Brown

The NHL’s Western Conference Finals series has gotten a bit ugly. The Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings clearly don’t like each other and it is starting to show. Aside from the normal chippy hits that happen from time to time, the Kings have certainly gotten under the skin of the higher-seeded Coyotes. After taking Game 1 in Phoenix, Los Angeles was up 2-0 in Game 2 midway...

Match-Ups May Be Difficult For Phoenix

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The Kopitar unit with Brown and Justin Williams murdered the Coyotes all night long with stretches in the Phoenix defensive zone and created numerous scoring chances aside from the two goals the line produced. The line combined for 15 shots, Brown leading the team with seven and Kopitar had six. Know this: It’s going to be a short series unless the...

Is the Phoenix Coyotes’ leading in suspensions in playoffs out of character?

The Phoenix Coyotes may have been leading the playoffs for most suspended games issues, but with the announcement of today’s suspension of Martin Hanzel for one game, the ‘Yotes now take ownership of most players suspended in the postseason. Hanzel was suspended today for one game for boarding Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown in the third period. Hanzel became...

Derek Morris scores goal from center ice (Video)

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris scored a goal from center ice in the first period of Sunday night's NHL Western Conference final playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings. Morris took a slapshot from center ice towards the Kings net and caught goalie Jonathan Quick napping. However, the Kings were able to overcome Quick's mistake and defeated the Coyotes...

Dirty Coyotes: NHL Suspends Martin Hanzal

Martin Hanzal may not have a history of supplemental discipline, but he has been one of many Coyotes involved in dirty play in this postseason. Hanzal was personally called for two roughing penalties and one elbowing penalty in the first … Continue reading →

Coyotes Forward Martin Hanzal Faces Disciplinary Hearing for Boarding Dustin Brown in Game 2 (Video)

The Phoenix Coyotoes are on the verge of gaining a reputation they didn't exactly set out for this postseason. Forward Martin Hanzal will face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL Player Safety Department on Wednesday as a result of his boarding incident in Game 2 against the Kings on Tuesday. Hanzal pushed Dustin Brown from behind as the Kings forward approached the end boards...

Mike Smith does his best Ron Hextall impersonation

You know the announcers are right, this isn't new to the NHL and Ron Hextall would be impressed with Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith  and his chop of the Kings forward Dustin Brown. I think when a goalie does this type of a bush leagues move it opens him up to reprisals. While I don't condone this move by Smith - sometimes this tactic works because it sends a message...

Doan, Hanzal may miss Game 3 after big hits

The Coyotes are down two games after being swept on home ice by the Los Angeles Kings, who have now opened three consecutive playoff series with a pair of road wins and appear to be a runaway train with a 10-1 record in the postseason. The question is whether the Coyotes will be down two of their three captains when the series resumes in Los Angeles with Game 3 on Thursday. Both...

Coyotes' big guns firing blanks vs. Kings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, secondary scoring will only take a team so far. It got the Coyotes past a Chicago Blackhawks team with no depth and a shaky goaltender in the first round. Then it carried them past a Nashville team that couldn't establish its style and dealt with the distraction of two suspended stars. But here, in the Western Conference Final...

Dustin Penner Correct in Calling Hits by Martin Hanzal, Shane Doan 'Reckless' (Videos)

There's been a lot of howling in the wake of Tuesday's Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, and it hasn't been from the Coyotes. Kings forward Dustin Penner said after the game that two questionable hits from Phoenix' Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan were "reckless," and he's spot-on in that assessment. Hanzal's hit, the far more egregious of the...

Two more bad hits from last night's game

At the 11:o1 mark of the third period Phoenix's Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal's drove the Kings forward Dustin Brown into the boards with push check. Hanzal was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for this play and could end up with a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for this hit. The Coyotes forward Shane Doan was given a five minute major and...

Video: Hanzal boards Brown

In tonight's Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal picked up a major boarding penalty and game misconduct for this hit on Kings captain Dustin Brown:Hanzal doesn't have a supplementary discipline record with the NHL, but that will change in the next few days. He deliberately shoved a vulnerable Brown into the end boards on what was a needless...
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