L.A.'s Brown won't face hearing for Rozsival hit
First, they were unraveled by an injury to Michal Rozsival that sent the Coyotes defenseman straight to the dressing room late in the overtime period.
Secondly, they were visibly upset that no penalty was called on the play. Rozsival attempted to bring the puck into the Los Angeles zone but the play was whistled offsides. Clearly after the whistle blew, Kings' captain Dustin Brown leveled Rozsival with a knee-to-knee hit drew gasps from the crowd and started a minor fracas on the ice.
Just twelve seconds later, Penner hammered the last nail into the Coyotes' postseason coffin.
The Coyotes didn't hold back from letting their feelings known during the post-series handshake or the locker room when talking to media.
"How do you miss that," Phoenix captain Shane Doan asked. "Rosey's knee is blown out. How do you miss that? How do you miss that when it's after the whistle and it's a knee? How do you possibly miss that?"
Doan wasn't the only one who felt that way.
"When Brown gets away with something like that after the whistle, knee on knee, that's a dangerous play," goalie Mike Smith said. "If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play, this guy should be done forever."
Strong words indeed, but is anybody listening?
That answer clearly is 'no'. Not only will Brown not face a suspension from the NHL and their chief of discipline, Brendan Shanahan, but there won't even be a hearing on the matter.
It's almost like the NHL is saying, "move along, nothing to see here."
Although it's far from a guarantee, a penalty could very well have changed the dynamic of Game 5 and possibly the rest of the series.
It's this kind of inconsistency when reviewing questionable plays and handing out suspensions that has fans frustrated with the current system in the NHL.
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