Ken Hitchcock received a game misconduct at the end of the STL/PHX game on 4/18/13, reportedly for going after Tim Peel and/or Mike Leggo. The penalty appears in the official box score for the game.
Lou Korac @lkorac10
Hitchcock received a 10-min game misconduct at the end of the game. He was seen being restrained by a lineman going after Peel/Leggo.
With about two minutes left in the game, Backes received a 2 min minor for boarding OEL. On the ensuing PP, Hanzal boarded Pietrangelo in a similar manor, but did not receive a penalty. Shortly thereafter, the play having continued, Vrbata scored the tying goal.
I've gotta say, I admire Hitch for going after the refs, and double props if it was directed at Tim Peel, who IMO is the worst active NHL referee.
I was watching the end of the game, and Hanzal's "boarding" (more accurately described as hitting to the numbers, Pietrangelo never hit the boards) looked pretty mundane. I didn't see Backes' penalty though to be fair. Everyone sure seemed to be up in arms about it, that sure puts it into perspective.
If I were the ref though, I wouldn't have called the initial play on Hanzal, but taken Hanzal for embellishing the 'slash' he received (he quite clearly got slashed once, looks at the ref for a call, gets slashed in an almost identical manner and lays down "hurt".....).
Korac's "going after" wordage is a little extreme. The Blues feed showed a bit of it. They didn't show him talking to the refs at all, but he was talking to the linesmen saying "that's ********". He tried to talk to the refs during the game and they wouldn't, so I guess he tried to talk to them after.
I have never heard of a coach getting a game misconduct before. Is he going to get suspended?
No, he won't. It's not common to see a ref get a game misconduct, but it's does happen a little bit.
Off the top of my head, I remember Bryan Murray getting thrown out of a game when he was the Sens coach in a game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim. The game was one of the worst reffed games I've ever seen, and Murray just let off on the ref and was thrown out.
Looking at the refs, I can see why Hitch was pissed. Tim Peel is a terrible, terrible ref.
I am not a Blues fan or Phoenix fan, but I was watching the game and after the ridiculous call on Backes (OEL turned his back last second and Backes was committed), I was a little upset, but it happens. Then I saw Hanzal's hit from behind on Petro, and I thought perfect, that will equal out the other penalty. The goal was unfortunate, but the missed call was infuriating, and I had no interest in either team winning. One of the worst missed calls of the season. Up there with the Duchene missed offside.