Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/24/06 at 08:11 AM ET
One day before the start of the playoffs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman let it be known that referees who put away their whistles in the postseason would be put away themselves. The referees clearly received the message. The Predators, judging by the way they played in yesterday's 3-0 playoff loss to San Jose, did not. Nashville spent the majority of the first two periods high-sticking, hooking and holding an aggressive San Jose Sharks team. And with Bettman intently watching matters from a Gaylord Entertainment Center suite, referees Bill McCreary and Kelly Sutherland whistled everything that moved. "We knew that San Jose had complained a lot about the refereeing (from Game 1), and we also knew that Gary Bettman was in the building,'' Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. "We knew a little about what would happen because if (the referees) don't call the penalties, they won't be doing games. We knew all that, but I didn't like how we responded to it.''more
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