Predators coach Barry Trotz says the Vancouver Canucks are playing games to draw penalties that just aren’t fouls, so he’s going on the offensive.
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By defending the officials.
Trotz says such gamesmanship puts referees in a tough spot. Trotz said Wednesday he watched several replays of Nashville captain Shea Weber’s clash with Ryan Kesler and believes Kesler embellished the hit to draw a hooking penalty. Trotz says he didn’t see Jerred Smithson’s stick touch Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on a high-sticking call.
Both penalties up power-play goals by Kesler, including the game-winner in overtime Tuesday night.
The Canucks say both calls were legitimate penalties. They lead the Western conference semifinal series 2-1 with Game 4 on Thursday night.