It was a real shame that last night's game between the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks came down to a bad call to put Vancouver on the power play and then the Predators leaving Ryan Kesler free to roam the crease on the man-advantage.
It was a chicken and egg type issue with whether it was the call or the penalty kill that did the Predators in.
Pekka Rinne was all world again doing his acrobatic act to keep the Preds in the game long enough for Joel Ward to tie the game late in the third period.
After the game was tied, the Predators dominated in overtime, controlling the pace of the game and keeping the puck in the Canucks end.
The call by referee Tim Peel should not have been made. There had been far more grievous indiscretions throughout the game that had never drawn a whistle, so there was no reason to star a crackdown well into the first overtime period.
There were some vile off the record quote sin the Predators' locker room that indicated that the players were unhappy with the course of events at the game's end.
Irregardless, the team will return to the ice today at noon to get ready for Thursday night's 7:30 p.m. start in game four at the Bridgestone Arena.
Predators- Canucks Game Three Round-Up...
Here is our game story from last night with post game video.
Josh Cooper had his game story, notes column, and his postgame ponderings.
Brian Mullen added a story about Joel Ward's scoring touch.
John Manasso has his his points about the officiating at FS TN.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper..
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Gover, Chris Burton, Fang Faction, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
Pekka Rinne made Puck Daddy's third star in spite of the loss. He was the second star behind "chicken winger" Ryan Kesler at NHL.com.
The other side of the story from all the Vancouver links in the right hand column.
Audio from the Predators comes from Pekka Rinne, Joel Ward, and Shea Weber. From Vancouver comes Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, and Alain Vigneault.
Here are the video highlights from NHL.com.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass