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 through the second period and Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was not happy about it.
In the video after the jump, Smith was clearly frustrated by his team’s disappointing play. As the Coyotes were killing a pair of penalties, Kings captain and professional pest Dustin Brown cruised past the front of the net. Smith then took a hard whack at the back of Brown’s right knee.
That video is ugly.
This is the kind of thing that is absolutely inexcusable. Brown wasn’t looking and was completely defenseless. Smith took a slashing penalty for the act and – in what was a ridiculous call – Brown went to the box for diving or “embellishment” as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith takes a fine or maybe even gets suspended for a game for that slash. It was absolutely unacceptable. Brown could have been seriously injured.
The Kings ended up winning Game 2 4-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Los Angeles will return home with a big lead in the Conference Finals, and a 10-1 record in the playoffs. And all of this out of the No. 8 seed in the West. The Kings have also won their last nine road playoff games dating back to last season. That ties an NHL record.