This is no way a blog meant to bash Nashville fans, because quite honestly, they have more to cheer about than we do in Columbus. But, the lack of hockey knowledge by these people who shell out hundreds to see a playoff game is baffling. Last night, I was watching a tape of Game 5 between San Jose and Nashville. Patrick Marleau's second goal of the game gives the Sharks the lead with four minutes left, and the Preds fans boo. Hmm. (Hint: SJ carried the play in Nashville's end for almost a minute leading up to that goal) Second, with time winding down in regulation, Vokoun is pulled and the sixth attacker on. Again, Preds fans booed (scratches head). After a battle behind the net against Craig Rivet, a love tap to Peter Forsberg's stick leads to him dropping his stick and pouting to the referee as if his left hand was laying on the ice. This, again, queued the boo birds. It's called the playoffs- it's not a tightly-called mite game where running into the boards will draw a roughing penalty. Finally, to top it off, with 24.1 seconds left, Craig Rivet and Peter Forsberg are whistled for minor penalties...but it is announced that Rivet's is a double minor for interference and holding. At the time, it was a 6-on-4 advantage for Nashville after pulling Vokoun. For some reason, this brought the loudest showering of boos of the whole game. Needless to say, I'll be trying to figure out this one for a while.
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