If you see some especially groggy, but happy people around the office this morning, ask them about the wild and wooly game last night in Vancouver. With a record level of participation in the Game Thread as fans followed from Nashville, the Preds pulled out a 3-2 win, but the circumstances were unlikely to say the least.
After the jump, we get some detail on the charges that Canucks winger Alex Burrows made after the game, that referee Stephane Auger told him prior to the start that he was going to "get him" for embarrassing Auger with a flop in a game back on December 8. It's an extraordinary charge, and might there be some meat to it? Follow after the jump for that and a whole lot more...
First, a little horn-tooting in case you missed it yesterday afternoon:
Buzz Manager Blog: NHL Sports Blog Index
Sports Media Challenge monitors blogs across all major sports, and honored this site with a #6 ranking among their Top 10 NHL blogs yesterday.
And while you're reading your morning news, don't forget to chime in on our Ilya Kovalchuk discussion from yesterday. I plan on finalizing an "offer" from Nashville later today.
The View from 111: Predators Vanquish Vancouver 3-2
Mark admires the grit that the Preds showed last night, beating a top opponent on the road, without key players like Jason Arnott and Jerred Smithson.
An Extraordinary Evening at The Palm presented by The Nashville Predators
Any excuse is a good one to go to the Palm, and on January 25, the Preds are supporting a benefit dinner there, for Ronald McDonald House.
Could Hobey come to Brentwood? - Predators Insider
There's a fan-voting phase for the Hobey Baker award, and Preds prospect Blake Geoffrion deserves your clicks!
Around the NHL
Burrows accuses ref Auger of pregame threat, penalty revenge - Puck Daddy
Greg Wyshynski breaks down Alex Burrows' accusation against one of the refs in last night's game. I have to say that the Diving and Interference calls against him were clearly bogus, and even Preds fans said so during the game.
Central: Cleary's return gives Red Wings a boost - NHL.com
In the weekly focus on the Central Division, Phil Coffey writes that as Detroit gets healthy, the competitive landscape is changing significantly.
Oilers Roundtable, Part II - The halfway point. - The Copper & Blue
Edmonton bloggers dissect exactly what's been going wrong with the Oilers.
Second quarter report card for the Edmonton Oilers: Weak links are dragging down the entire group - Cult of Hockey
Just in time for the Predators' visit, the Oilers get some nasty grades from Dave Staples.
North American Skaters Midterm Rankings - NHL.com
You can start looking forward to next summer's draft with the latest ratings from Central Scouting...
Signs That You Are an NHL Draft Junkie | Hockey From the Cheap Seats
The release of the prospect ratings from Central Scouting has Matt obsessing
CBCSports.ca - NHL's weirdest night ever, Brian Burke and 30 thoughts
Elliotte Friedman's latest includes a remembrance of the hardest-shooting goalie I've ever heard of...
Win Tickets to See the Capitals In the Finals! - Japers' Rink
A very cool promotion being run over at the Caps blog...
An Interview with Brandon Worley of DefendingBigD and SBN - Goal Line Report @ KuklasKorner
Our Great and Glorious Leader was interviewed over at KK.
FSN Pittsburgh Under Investigation By NHL In Replay Incident - SB Nation
Did the Penguins broadcast withhold a key video angle, that would have allowed NHL officials in Toronto to rule on a goal for the Philadelphia Flyers???
Lastly, here's the video of Burrows complaining to the Vancouver media after last night's game: