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by Paul on 05/25/12 at 11:50 AM ET
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
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.
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