Not surprisingly, the blowout game ended with some emotion. The Kings’ Wayne Simmonds and Vancouver’s Shane O’Brien fought with 3:45 remaining in the third period, and afterward, O’Brien skated around the ice with his index finger in the air and encouraged the fans’ cheers. Seven seconds after the ensuing faceoff, the Kings’ Rich Clune and Vancouver’s Rick Rypien fought, and Clune skated off the ice in visible pain. After the game, Murray was asked about the “rough stuff,” and wasn’t happy.
“Are you talking specifically about O’Brien acting like a clown after the fight?” Murray said. “Rypien was just, that was two guys there. That was just a fight. But you don’t need to rub it in at the end of the fight, skating around with your hands in the air acting like the clown that he is.”
After Murray spoke, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was asked about O’Brien’s reaction after the fight.
Vigneault shrugged and said, “Simmonds had been taunting everybody and pushing everybody. Finally he dropped the gloves, so OB fought him.”
Told that Murray had referred to O’Brien as a clown, Vigneault shrugged again and said, “I don’t care.”
Asked whether Clune had injured himself in the fight, Murray said, “I don’t know.”