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Video: Predators’ Kostitsyn gives up on Oilers goal

Mar 17, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

Nashville Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn wasn’t on the ice for Lennart Petrell‘s third period short-handed goal for the Edmonton Oilers.

But he was culpable in allowing the Oilers’ odd-man rush up the ice that led to the goal.

With the Predators on the power play just past the midway point of the third period, Kostitsyn was unable to handle a pass that bounced over his stick and into the neutral zone. It happens.

But, in an odd sequence of events, he was outmuscled for the puck by the smaller Sam Gagner, then, giving up on the play, decided to head to the bench on a line change despite the fact the Oilers had suddenly developed a two-on-one rush.

Gagner hit Petrell with a perfect pass and Petrell scored to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.

The Oilers went on to win the game 3-2. Below is a video of the goal.

Kostitsyn owned up to his error afterward.

“I made a mistake. I went to change, I should have backchecked, but didn’t see the second guy was coming there,” he told The Tennessean.

“Even if it was a 1-on-1, I should go back, it doesn’t matter if I was tired. I should have gone back and pressured him from behind.”

Predators defenseman Scott Hannan left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return, as per Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

  1. valoisvipers - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    He learned moves like that from Kovalev while playing for the Habs.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:28 AM

      Hahaha! Now who’s got a great sense of humor?

    • thailer35 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      He learned it from Radulov last year in the playoffs.

  2. vanfoodman - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I am sorry, but you couldn’t get away with that in a beer league, let alone the NHL. No excuses, nope, not one. Goodbye Sergei. No wobbly pops for you!

  3. einjzmolf - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Man, if i were coaching at the NHL level and saw any of my players do that, I’d scratch them, possibly even waive them. Holy crap. And why did Trotz defend him? That confuses me just as much as SK doing what he did

  4. dayno66 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Don Cherry…

  5. alswingman - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    He’s making 3 million this season so he won’t be waived.

  6. scionofflame - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    This is after Sergei just came off being scratched for a game too. It was one of the biggest lapses in judgement I’ve ever witnessed…and as a Preds fan, I just screamed at my television when it happened. >_>

  7. polegojim - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    That represents what happens when players get comfortable just going through the motions…

    I WAS TIRED… translation – I get paid the same amount whether I kill it or dog it…

    They lose the strong desire to win, and just play the game to get paid.

    That’s what’s happening with the Caps and Sharks and Preds… crap plays just like that.

    On my team, he’s done.

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