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We’ve seen Jason Arnott lag on the backcheck. We’ve seen Martin Erat make turnover after turnover inside the attacking zone. We’ve even seen Niclas Bergfors┬áreleased for not playing defense.

But we’ve never seen a Nashville Predator quit in the middle of a play.

(Special thanks to SBNation for the video)

Sergei Kostitsyn barely tried to muscle Edmonton Oilers winger Sam Gagner off the puck and, after he was beat but before he couldn’t make a difference on the backcheck, he goes to the bench for a line change, letting his man skate in 2-on-1 shorthanded into the Nashville zone. As a result, Lennart Petrell would one-time home Edmonton’s second goal. A goal that, for all intents and purposes, should ┬áhave been the game-winner (Roman Josi‘s goal with 0:09 left in regulation gave Jordan Eberle the honor.)

Nashville would go onto lose 3-2.

The fact that many believe Kostitsyn shouldn’t even be playing the point on the man advantage only adds to the frustration and emotion of the situation.

Before that turn of events, the Predators had battled back to tie the game at 1-1 on a Shea Weber power play goal in the second period. Rinne had been outstanding and the team was matching the Oilers stride for stride.

Nashville, on the power play inside 10:00 left in regulation, were staring at one point, at a minimum. A point they needed given the performances in their last two contests. Instead, they lost their third straight game and failed to secure any points at all.

Kostitsyn was a healthy scratch against the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)


  1. Staceyfh

    March 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I thought I saw one of the coaches waving Kostitsyn in?

    • HT

      March 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      they were waiving at him to catch up and defend

  2. Willowjakmom

    March 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    In that case, I hope he’s trade bait (if anyone will take him).

  3. Ryan S.

    March 18, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Okay first off i understand that Sergei made a mistake and should’ve back checked, he admitted to the mistake after the game. But I for one am sick and tired of people bashing Sergei and saying we should waive him or trade him. The guy is an asset to the team, he can score when he decides to shoot and he is the best passer on the team, hence his 9 assists. if anything lets trade Yip, Blum, or Halischuk (he’s not very good usually). Watch the video and you can see that Sergei didn’t see Petrell across the ice because he was behind his line of sight, and by the time Sergei realized it, it was too late. Let’s be honest the only person who could have prevented that goal was Pekka. It also wasn’t a great pass from Craig Smith as it was bouncing when it got to Sergei (it might have hit and Edmonton stick). So yes Sergei made a mistake but lets chill out with all of the waive or trade him crap.

    I say this while proudly wearing my SK74 jersey.

    • andyaxel

      March 18, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Apparently there are other issues with SK74’s play, since Trotz saw fit to bench him against Calgary.

      And this isn’t the first time that he’s quit on a play. He was called out by Crispy in a game for lazy play where he wasn’t skating into offensive ice on an advantage, opting rather to dump & change.

      His head is somewhere else, and anyone with that sort of mindset cannot possibly be an asset to the squad.

    • Andrew Kirsch

      March 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

      First off, Colin Wilson has the same amount of assists as sk74, in less gp. Also 9 assists is terrible production for this point in the season, but Wilson is excused because has more goals and is the points leader even though he has missed 4 straight games. So please quit with this “he is an asset to the team” crap. At least Halischuk plays hard and he never would have given up on that play.

    • Red

      March 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      He might be able to score, but by no means is he a Stamkos or a Crosby. He’s not a consistent scoring threat. He’s on the same level as Erat and Hornqvist ON A GOOD DAY. He can put the puck away if he feels like it, but his character flaws are on the same level as Andrei’s. If you have a player who doesn’t care enough to keep on his man and gives up nearly the GWG in our loss something has to change.
      This is probably not the first time he’s played with a lack of conviction too, but this is definitely the first time he’s done something this stupid. I think it’s time for a trade. I don’t care if it’s for jock straps and a skate sharpener.

  4. Grunt76

    March 18, 2013 at 7:08 am

    This has been his style of play all year.

  5. nypredfan

    March 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Kostitsyn seems to play when he wants to play which in my opinion is not very often. He has a hell of a shot but decides to pass way too often. Last year his high percentage of goals to shots ratio is pure proof of that. He is sloppy when it comes to the puck and plays when he feels like playing. Bench him or put him on the market. I believe he doesnt want to be here anyway. Also, the next 5 games are all winnable and unless we turn it around here I think the playoffs will be out of reach. We need goal scorers and I hope we pick it up because Rinne is starting to show signs of frustration after keeping us in games on a pretty consistent basis but losing them to no goal scoring support.

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