The Anaheim Ducks got into penalty trouble late in regulation of Game 4 against the Nashville Predators, almost costing themselves the game with a string of infractions and penalty box stints. And while the penalties stopped coming in the overtime period, the rough stuff certainly didn’t. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman joined The Starting Lineup on Friday morning to discuss the events of Thursday’s Game 4 and break down the heated matchup. “Anaheim is doing the old Detroit Pistons philosophy. And that is that, ‘we’re going to commit a thousand penalties, and we’ll see how many of them they actually call.’” In total, the Ducks were called for four two-minute penalties in the third period compared to Nashville’s one. The Predators even found themselves with a 5-on-3 advantage with less than five minutes to go, thanks to two Ducks penalties in the span of 29 seconds. “Don’t put the referees in a position where they might have to call something — and Anaheim sure did,” Friedman said. “I think when you take a look at the overall amount of things they could’ve gotten called for, and what they actually did get called for, Anaheim came out way ahead.” The Predators didn’t manage to score on the ensuing power-plays, but they did come incredibly close on a few occasions. Both of Nashville's late goals were scored almost immediately after having the man advantage.
Friedman: Couldn’t believe what Ducks got away with in overtime
Sportsnet | May 19