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08:23 AM ET 05.04 | Shea Weber's hooking call on Ryan Kesler facilitated the Canucks' 2-1 series lead, while also giving the Predators an ax to grind. The Predators bemoaned the nature of the call and the result of the power play. "I had one hand on my stick and he grabs my stick, and I got a penalty. So, I don't know. It's his call," Weber said. ... Said normally soft-spoken David Legwand: "I don't know if the ref had to be somewhere tonight, but we had nowhere to go tonight, so it's a tough call to take." ... Predators coach Barry Trotz defended his team. "I thought it was a little bit light considering all the other stuff that was going on," Trotz said. "Kesler chicken-winged the stick and kept moving. If you look at it, Webs is pushing on him and trying to pull the other stick out of there."

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May 4, 2011  08:54 AM ET

I don't like bad, or even borderline calls changing the outcome of a playoff game, especially in OT.
I'll leave it at that.

May 4, 2011  09:00 AM ET

There seems to be a lot of ticky tack calls being made by the refs in this years playoffs. Just let them play, like they did in the Bruins OT win against the Flyers in game 2. The flow of that game was fast and furious with lots of action at both ends of the ice.

May 4, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Ahh yes, the phantom one-armed hooking penalty. Awful call.

May 4, 2011  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ahh yes, the phantom one-armed hooking penalty. Awful call.

well, Vancouver has to win some way

May 4, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Non story, it's playoff hockey. Do what you can to get a call, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Roll with it and move on. Officials are up to snuff, IMHO, this year but they are not up to snuff right across the board. If a coach comes out and says, well I'm not sure why the refs called player X for a hook, but we'll take. I'm pretty sure my guy embelished it quite a bit, but it happens...then it's a story.

May 4, 2011  10:04 AM ET

that called sucked.... plain and simple..... how can the ref not see that kesler was holding his stick ??!!! brutal !!...

May 4, 2011  10:14 AM ET

That was a terrible call, shame to see the game end on such a crappy call.

I also didn't like the Higgins goal, Kesler did nothing to try to stop the collision with Rinnie, I would have called it goaltending interference.

Two bad calls, leadings directly to goals. Ref had a big hand in this game.

May 4, 2011  10:17 AM ET

Sometimes you win!

Sometimes you whine!

May 4, 2011  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ahh yes, the phantom one-armed hooking penalty. Awful call.

Well, like David Legwand said, "... the ref had to be somewhere tonight. ...." I bet the ref didn't want to keep the hooker waiting too long at the hotel.

May 4, 2011  11:34 AM ET

Bad call! Plain and simple.

May 4, 2011  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Well, like David Legwand said, "... the ref had to be somewhere tonight. ...." I bet the ref didn't want to keep the hooker waiting too long at the hotel.

Oh, I forgot. That was courtesy of the Canucks. They picked up the tab.

May 4, 2011  12:00 PM ET

Canucks fans telling others to "shut up and play?" Delicious irony. I'm sure the Vancouver tin-foil hat brigade, the whiny players, management, and fans, will come up with some way to spin this as the world being out to get them, again.

Bad calls happen, that's why the series are Best of 7.

May 4, 2011  12:03 PM ET

well, at least out of this I got a new expression, 'he chicken-winged his stick'...

Whatever, Preds are still going to take it down in seven, bad call or not.

May 4, 2011  12:04 PM ET

It was a bad call, but Nashville was not great on the night. They had three shots on goal in the second period and one of those was a gift by the scorer as it was a dump in that deflected on goal. Should the official have kept his whistle in is pocket, sure, but if Nashville plays a better second period, the game might not even make it to overtime. And this is coming from a Preds fan.

May 4, 2011  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sometimes you win!Sometimes you whine!

Having been in that posiyion before, its pretty tough when you are a mediocre and marginally talented team being forced to play uber-tight and disciplined hockey in order to try to win every game by a goal....and then having an imbecile ref take the game into his hands and call a brutal OT powerplay.

I could see guys being JUST A LITTLE BIT upset with the situation. Sergei freakin Kostitsyn is on the top PP line...sweet lord, that should tell you everything!


GOOOOOOOOOOOOO PREDS!. GO TROTZ!! BOO CHICKEN-WINGS!

May 4, 2011  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

It was a bad call, but Nashville was not great on the night. They had three shots on goal in the second period and one of those was a gift by the scorer as it was a dump in that deflected on goal. Should the official have kept his whistle in is pocket, sure, but if Nashville plays a better second period, the game might not even make it to overtime. And this is coming from a Preds fan.

Agreed about the 2nd, but that OT call was weak.

Saying its a makeup call for not calling the hit from behind a minute earlier doesn't cut it. This goes to the heart of consistent reffing, and the players not knowing what's clean and what's not. BOTH teams got away with worse in the 1st than what brought that OT call on. If anything, refs should get LESS involved as a game progresses, not calling the game tighter.

But, honestly, they are damned if they do, damned if they don't. Not gonna matter what the refs do, we will always find something to complain about their performances.

May 4, 2011  12:36 PM ET

Just about every penalty called is horse hooey. You get 2 minutes for nothing these days.

I would say that on the tying goal, Von Kesler crashed into Rinne (albeit with a Predator on his back) and dragged his left foot, tripping Rinne down and seperating him from his stick.

That was penalty worthy, but nothing.

May 4, 2011  12:45 PM ET

On another note: How stupid is it that the NHL has put the kibosh on the Green Men?

Not a VanFan, but get real. The tix may not be hard to sell here in Canada, but the NHL is taking more fun out of attending games - a "fun" that could have been marketed in places that NEED to sell tickets like Atlanta, Phoenix, etc. Coulda sold going to an NHL game as a big party. Remember the WJCs in Latvia when the fans were uncontrollably passionate and into the games? Chanting, singing, dancing, waving flags - it was akin to a European Soccer game, from what they said. It was awesome either way, and the players loved it too.

Instead, Bettman stops the frivolity...apparently we should act as if we're at a dinner party when we go to games. What's next, a dress code for fans?

May 4, 2011  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

the NHL has put the kibosh on the Green Men?

Thank Christ for that.

Irritating idiots.

 
May 4, 2011  01:05 PM ET

looks like I'll get killed for this by the tone here but I don't see how that couldn't be called....I've seen less that gets called.

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