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Kings blame Coyotes goalie for inciting crowd

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09:29 AM ET 05.26 | Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi had strong words on Friday about the behavior of some of the Phoenix Coyotes players, condemning the post-game actions of goalie Mike Smith, who threw his stick toward an official and later lashed out at the officiating. Lombardi asserted that Smith incited the crowd at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., after the Kings beat the Coyotes, 4-3, in overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. He referenced European soccer and the rules governing the actions of the players in terms of inciting the crowd. "What the courts said was that because the players attacked the officials -- because the players showed such disrespect for the officials -- that incited the crowd," Lombardi told The Times on Friday. "They blamed the players. Because those players were conducting themselves like that, it incited the crowd..."

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May 26, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Obviously the players weren't used to playing in front of fans during a home game.

May 26, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Obviously the players weren't used to playing in front of fans during a home game.

Or getting their lunches handed to them like they did. Hopefully Lord Stanley resides in LA in the next two weeks. The last time we were there, still stings a little.

May 26, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Or getting their lunches handed to them like they did. Hopefully Lord Stanley resides in LA in the next two weeks. The last time we were there, still stings a little.

This one will hurt as well.

May 26, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Obviously the players weren't used to playing in front of fans during a home game.

I think it was that hideous wolf howl that subliminally incited the crowds. I think coyotes yelping would have a more calming effect.

Can you help us with a demo, Canuck?

May 26, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This one will hurt as well.

Depends on which Kings show up. Regular? Or, super unleaded?

May 26, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think it was that hideous wolf howl that subliminally incited the crowds. I think coyotes yelping would have a more calming effect.

Can you help us with a demo, Canuck?

Calming?

May 26, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Winning and whinning, a Calif. tradition. Kleenex??

May 26, 2012  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Calming?

Thanks! I feel better already! ;-)

May 26, 2012  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This one will hurt as well.

go devils!

May 26, 2012  11:15 AM ET

May 26, 2012  11:15 AM ET

Is this what roamer wanted?

May 26, 2012  11:18 AM ET

May 26, 2012  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Is this what roamer wanted?

LOL! Nice!

May 26, 2012  11:38 AM ET

Used to wear my old Wings shirts around town, for the first time in ten years, someone finally said "Wings huh" this year.

May 26, 2012  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Winning and whinning, a Calif. tradition. Kleenex??

The Kings were winning, the Yotes were whining, try and keep up with the story, its not that complicated.

May 26, 2012  12:23 PM ET

Phoenix - the city where you get heckled for wearing the home team jersey. I'd be more concerned with the crowd rioting if the Kings had lost.

May 26, 2012  01:07 PM ET
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Phoenix - the city where you get heckled for wearing the home team jersey. I'd be more concerned with the crowd rioting if the Kings had lost.

Now, what would a riot look like in Phoenix? Did they ever have one?

May 26, 2012  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Now, what would a riot look like in Phoenix? Did they ever have one?

Where everyone is allowed to carry concealed? One finger salutes are rare in Phoenix.

May 26, 2012  01:53 PM ET

C'mon, LA. You won. Why complain after that?

Dustin Brown took a cheap shot, so Phoenix had the right to feel bad about the ending. Nothing happened when the Coyotes lost that deserves the whining by LA. It's not like the crowd attacked the Kings or anything.

 
May 26, 2012  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

C'mon, LA. You won. Why complain after that? Dustin Brown took a cheap shot, so Phoenix had the right to feel bad about the ending. Nothing happened when the Coyotes lost that deserves the whining by LA. It's not like the crowd attacked the Kings or anything.

I guess you weren't paying attention at 17:56 in the 2nd of game 2, or for about 24 hours after the Kings won. What's that about "right"?

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