The Nashville Predators sure took their revenge over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, blanking the ones who eliminated them for the postseason last spring 3-0. However, according to the Jets themselves, they had an accomplice…
The Jets took a total of 60 minutes in penalties, while Nashville had 16. And Tyler Myers and the rest of his teammates did not hold back when it came time to blame the officials.
“That was an [expletive] weak call. You know, they were whistle happy at the start and then they put them away at the end. It’s tough to know how they’re going to call it on each given night. Didn’t have anything to do with the outcome of the game, but it’s tough to figure out what way they were calling the game tonight.” —Tyler Myers
During the contest, Myers ended up getting a 10-minute misconduct for giving the referees a fake applause, which meant the Jets took eight penalties in a row at that point in the game…
While the Jets’ players were quick to tear into the referees following the loss, head coach Paul Maurice would have none of it.
“It does us absolutely no good to critique other people’s jobs,” said an obviously frustrated Maurice, clearly biting his tongue in a post-game chat at Bridgestone Arena, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Maurice added that the Jets took “two penalties we deserved.”
“We just got ourselves into trouble. We tried digging out and we couldn’t. That’s just how it goes. Every team is going to go through it sometime in the season and tonight was our night,” said Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who also spent time in the sin bin.
However, many believed the penalties the Jets took were well-earned and the Canadian team will have to work on discipline this season. Last year, the had managed to improve their penalty kill on the ice, but now, it seems more crucial than ever.
Especially if they continue to behave this way…
“You get to work on your PK,” Jets centre Mark Scheifele said of the prolonged time the team spent short-handed. “We did a good job. We made some big plays and Bucky made a lot of big saves.”
That’s one way of seeing it. However, Myers’ is way more entertaining!