NHL Playoffs 2012: Phoenix Coyotes Players' Actions Under Investigation by NHL

John B MathesonCorrespondent IMay 25, 2012

Shane Doan is one of four players who had words about the officials after the loss
Shane Doan is one of four players who had words about the officials after the lossChristian Petersen/Getty Images

It’s been three days since the Phoenix Coyotes' season ended in a 4-3 OT loss to the Kings, yet they are still making headlines.

ESPN reported that the NHL is looking into the postgame actions of four Phoenix players. These actions could see them fined for $2,500, the maximum under the current CBA.

Shane Doan, Martin Hanzal, Mike Smith and Keith Yandle all let their anger be known after the game.

Some were limited to postgame comments, while others involved actions that league executive VP Colin Campbell called “unprofessional and unacceptable” during an ESPN interview.

The actions that are being reviewed were less about Dustin Penner’s game-winning goal and more about a non-call on a Brown hit to Michal Rozsival.

Keith Yandle only had a few choice words for reporters after the game, going as far to state that the officials were “playing” for the Kings.

He also said the officials were biased and not making calls due to their lack of ownership. He claimed that the refs did so because the Coyotes had no one to stand up for them.

Yandle's comments can be seen here, from his post game interview.

Martin Hanzal is under fire for skating aggressively towards the officials and making a gesture.

Like his captain, Hanzal also had a few choice words for Dustin Brown during the post-series handshake.

For Shane Doan, it may be less about what was said to Brown during the team handshake, and more about what he said to reporters afterwards.

He was obviously frustrated and upset, both about the loss and how he perceived the officiating. He called into question not only the non-call on Brown but also his last three penalties.

On Thursday, Doan expressed regret for his words, and said that he was not more gracious about the defeat. Smith, on the other hand, did not retract his comments, feeling they needed to be said, as reported by Sportsnet.

Mike Smith is also being looked at for throwing his stick once Penner had scored the game-winner.

Yet it is his postgame comments that are seeing him in more trouble. He claimed that the refs had been biased against them all season and tried to keep them from advancing as far as they did. Those comments can be seen in his postgame interview just below.

The comment where he compared the questionable hit from Brown to Raffi Torres’ hit on Marian Hossa (as tweeted by FOX Sports' Mark McClune) may see the ire of disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

To try to compare these two hits is akin to comparing apples and oranges. Raffi Torres, a repeat offender, targeted Hossa, who had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher.

Rozsival was helped off the ice, but in the video replay you can see Brown lean his shoulder in for shoulder-to-shoulder contact; the fact that their knees collided seemed more an accident.

The biggest slight from Smith was claiming Brown’s actions should see the Kings captain suspended for life. This is the same player that Smith viciously hacked at the knees with his goalie stick in Game 2.

The decision for these four players will come in the days to follow. Some of the offenses will most likely see a small fine, while Smith and Hanzal may see the maximum fine and possibly a suspension.