The Nashville Predators' frustration may have reached the boiling point in the third period of last night's 5-1 loss to Vancouver when Ryan Suter and Shea Weber had time to chat in the penalty box about the concurrent penalties that they were serving.
Unfortunately, Weber's was a double minor when he was charged with boarding Jannik Hansen with an unsportsmanlike conduct added for good measure. After watching several weeks of Shanny TV, I've seen lesser hits result in suspensions. Luckily, Weber is not considered a "repeat" offender.
Weber played on the edge several times last season and he never had to pay. Continued undisciplined play like last night will eventually cost him games. I, personally, would say that it is chance that this play will be reviewed or possibly, a fine could be levied.
Irregardless, what was seen last night was not "Predator Hockey" and David Poile and Barry Trotz will not stand for much more of that type of game in the future.
As Seth Lake pointed out, after the 4-1 deficit at the end of the first period, the guys on the ice were playing for roster spots when changes will be made when Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon return in a few days.
Here is our game story from last night.
Josh Cooper had his game story, notes column, and postgame ponderings.
Jim Diamond uses the word "steamroll" to describe the game..
Brian Mullen's Musings can be found here.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper where he says the Preds were more spectator than spectacular.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Gover, Robby Stanley, Dirk Hoag (with his advanced stats), Predatorial, and Lady Preds.
For a happy story, check out the Canucks' sites at For Canucks news check out The Province, Vancouver Sun, FaceOff, Globe and Mail, CBC, Nucks Misconduct, Pucked In The Head, Pass It To Bulis, Canucks Hockey Blog, Canucks Corner, The Canuck Way, Canucks FanZone, Love Our Canucks, Head to the Net, Canucks and Beyond, Canucks Army, Play Me That Ballard, Benched Whale, and 3:10 to Overtime.
Here is the video of the Colin Wilson - Maxim Lapierre scrap.
...and here is the Jordin Tootoo pounding of Aaron Volpatti.
Highlights come from NHL.com.
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