Yes, the Canucks embellished a couple of calls in game 3 and were able to score two goals on those two calls. Yes, the officials missed a rather obvious Too Many Men call. That’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate that this game was so affected by gamesmanship. It’s unfortunate for Predator fans that another really good game by Pekka Rinne resulted in a loss.
However, Shea Weber has it right. The Predators were not the better team on that night. They were outshot, outchanced, outhit, out-everything for the most part. They did nothing with their own power play opportunities. Outside of the aggressive kill that resulted in Legwand’s shorthanded goal, their penalty kill played a very passive game. That largely does not work for Nashville- especially against teams like Anaheim and Vancouver that employ a lot of movement and execute screens well.
In short, the Predators put themselves in this hole, not Vancouver’s gamesmanship or missed calls by the officials.
This series is up for grabs to the team that wants it the most. For all the offensive skill that Vancouver has, Nashville’s defensive skills have been up to the task. Both teams have looked incredibly beatable regardless of the ice or city in which the game is played.
When the Predators want to, they are good enough to make gamesmanship and missed calls moot.
Tonight, we will all see how much “want-to” they have.
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