EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Even though the Vancouver Canucks have been on the sidelines for a month now, they can take solace in a couple of matters that have transpired since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated them in the first round.
The first matter is the Canucks have a good chance to boast that they will have lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in their last three playoffs with the Kings only five victories shy of an NHL title.
The second issue is the Canucks now have company in being charged, tried and convicted of embellishment. After Los Angeles' 2-1 victory for a 3-0 West final lead on Thursday, Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett wasn't pleased with the Kings taking their close proximity to Hollywood a little bit too seriously with their acting skills.
There were two incidents that the Coyotes didn't like. They didn't like Kings captain Dustin Brown going down in a heap after he was cross-checked by Phoenix defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and how easily Anze Kopitar's stick came out of his hands when he was chopped by Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata.
Some of Tippett's displeasure also came from his captain Shane Doan being penalized when he was tackled by Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. Both players were called for holding. All three of these questionable penalties were made against the Coyotes after Los Angeles went up 2-1 early in the third period.
We'll see if the Kings reputation in this department receives further attention as the post-season continues. The Canucks rep certainly took a beating after Game 3 in the second round of the playoffs last year, when Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz accused Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo of embellishments to draw penalties.
Of course, some believe these sorts of accusations are made because of jealousy. Tippett, meanwhile, backed off his post-game comments on Friday.
"I said my piece on embellishment," he said. "It wasn't geared toward that game last night. I talked about this from the start of the year. So I've said my piece on that.
"Obviously, there's frustration on our part that we would like to get better results. Our margin for error is very slim when we feel like there's some situations that happen in a game that go against you, we're looking for every little scratch we can find, every little piece of positive we can find to help us get back in the series. When that doesn't happen, you get frustrated with it.
"But, you know, you give L.A. credit. They've played very well. I don't think we've played as well in this series as we have the two previous. We're down 3-0 because of it."
Of the four teams remaining in the 2012 playoffs, the Kings are the fourth most penalized team at 14.5 minutes per game. The Coyotes are next at 12.9, followed by the New Jersey Devils (9.6) and New York Rangers (9.3).
But in the West final, the Kings have had 17 power-play opportunities to the Coyotes' 10 through three games.
Los Angeles defenceman Rob Scuderi was asked about Tippett's post-game remarks.
"I think it's kind of a tough question," Scuderi said. "It's something I'd rather stay away from. It's up to the ref's discretion. In my opinion, I think they've done a good job. Not a shocker, we've had more power plays than they have. I think the refs have called the game. You can't call the score, you have to call the game. I think they've done a good job so far.
"Whoever has more power plays that game is going to be happy. Whoever has less is going to think the other team embellished or what have you. We've been on the other end of it at times and felt like we were short-changed. Apparently in this series, it's the other way around."
Do you have improvements to suggest for this page?