LOL, OEL: Ref elbows Coyotes defenseman

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The phrase “adding insult to injury” might not suffice in this case.

Consider this: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson already wasn’t happy with being whistled for matching penalties alongside Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith on Thursday. If that wasn’t enough, an official elbowed him in the nose on accident while making the motion to call him for a penalty.

If you needed a little comic relief tonight, the video above this post’s headline really should do the trick. Possibly even if you’re a woebegotten Coyotes fan.

At least one person (whoever runs Five for Howling’s Twitter feed tonight) deemed this the reverse Dennis Wideman treatment:

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Hey, on the bright side, the Coyotes have been playing better lately, and OEL already has a goal tonight.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.