Kariya me a river

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

They took 24 minutes' worth of minor penalties and played nearly a full period shorthanded on the road.

What did the Nashville Predators think was going to happen?

It's no surprise they lost, but Paul Kariya is stunned that the sixth-most penalized team in the NHL continues to be dumb enough to keep shooting themselves in the skate.

"How do you score when you're in the box for half the game," seethed the veteran winger. "That's just ridiculous. Same guys taking the penalties all the time. You can't beat the last place team in the league if you're in the box half the game. It's impossible."

There were some bad calls on the part of the officials, but the Preds didn't do themselves any favours when it came to discipline, or lack of it.

Scott Hartnell took six minutes, for cross-checking, tripping and an idiotic third-period kneeing infraction on Fernando Pisani. Ryan Suter took two for holding in the third period and two for hooking in overtime. Chris Pronger scored on both power plays to give Edmonton the win.

"It's got to stop, it's been our problem all year," continued Kariya. "Stupid penalties. It's one thing if you go in there and hammer a guy and it's an aggressive penalty, but the hooking and the holding and diving (Martin Erat for a laughable flop), you can't win hockey games like that."

In all, the Oilers were 3-for-11 with the man advantage. The Preds were 1-for-5.

"It puts too much pressure on our penalty killers and the guys who don't kill are sitting on the bench for half a game. It's impossible to win games like that."


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