Clarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators walked onto the national sports stage in Pittsburgh last night for game one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They outplayed the defending champions, but lost the game.
I’m encouraged by their play and not too disappointed over the loss. What I AM disappointed about is mistakes. Stupid mistakes.
First, the referees. The reversed call on the Predator’s first goal was a bogus decision. We all watched it. We all saw the replay. Clearly there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the decision on the ice which was a “good” goal. That changed the momentum of the game.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) looks for the rebound during the third period in game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports)
Yes, referees make mistakes too.
The next big mistake was James Neal’s cross check that led to a 5 on 3 power play for the Penguins. They scored and all of a sudden, the whole “vibe” of that game changed.
I wish we could have a “do over” for that first period, but that’s not how that works.
Clearly the Predator’s confidence should now be sky high after how they dominated Pittsburgh for the rest of the game. I can’t wait for game 2. Just following the game on social media is the best thing ever.
Now, let me say a thing or two about NBC. I’m not a fan of that network. I only watch hockey when it’s on. They’re a HORRIBLE network, but that’s another story.
I’m sick and tired of the announcers and their “love fest” with the opposing team. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they even know that the Nashville Predators are even on the ice.
Mike Millberry thinks P.K Suban is a “clown” during warm ups. Eddie Olchek is having a “bromance” with Sydney Crosby, and God knows what Pierre McGuire is doing. Their coverage is marginal at best and it’s just annoying.
Oh, and yes Jeremy Roenick, we KNOW you used to play.
I’m excited for our team and what it’s done for us die hard fans and those who have just come aboard for the ride. It’s exciting for Nashville and this area. And at the end of the day, it’s just a game.
I just expect everybody, including the media and the officials, AND the Preds, to have a better game come Wednesday.
About Hank Bonecutter
Hank Bonecutter is a retired broadcaster, currently blogging at www.clarksvillemotorcycle.com where he hosts “Dodging the Roadkill a Bikers Journey”, chronicling his travels and experiences on his Harley Davidson Ultra Limited touring machine. As a contributor to the Clarksville Sports Network, Clarksville Online and more, his passion is motorcycles, sports and family. He writes a popular feature at Clarksville Online titled, “My Two Cents” and publishes his travel journal at “Dodging the Roadkill.” A media consultant, and social media advisor, he primarily keeps his followers up to speed on the latest motorcycle news and events. Contact Hank at email@example.com.
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TopicsClarksville TN, Eddie Olcheck, James Neal, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Millberry, Nashville Predators, National Hockey League, nbc, NHL, NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, P.K. Suban, Pierre McGuire, pittsburgh penguins, Predators, Sydney Crosby