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While the rest of the sports world was consumed with the Penn State scandal, hockey fans were abuzz last night over the bizarre game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. While the return of Flyers captain Chris Pronger was already reason enough to watch, what developed during the game was something I don't recall in over 30 years of watching hockey - the two teams basically stood still and stopped playing hockey for long stretches of time. The Flyers refused to rush the puck into the Tampa defense, while the Lightning refused to forecheck.

At least now we have something to whip out the next time someone complains about the Preds being boring to watch, eh?

Follow after the jump for video and discussion of that bizarre game, along with the rest of your hockey notes!

Be there for the Preds' 1000th regular season game on Saturday vs. Montreal - take the OTF Discount!

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Predators Seven Stories: Tips for Calling in Sick Edition
A masterful choice of title by Buddy here, considering the late night Preds fans had.

Preds On The Glass: Colin Wilson's Power Drive to the Net
Buddy highlights an outstanding rush by Willy last night.

Driving Play: A Look at the Pekka Rinne Extension
Another take on Pekka's deal - I promise I'm working on an analysis of this deal and how it impacts the Preds going forward, it's just taking time because there are so many factors involved.

Wilson glad to finally face Ducks - The Tennessean
Jordin Tootoo got the final word on the Ducks last night, quoting from Cee Lo Green. Fine choice, Toots.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh sings the praises of Colin Wilson, Shea Weber, and Ryan Suter. 

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Judge finds former NHLer used steroids |
Interesting stuff here, especially in light of George Laraque's recent book.

A Theory of Ice: It's Our Limitations that Make Us Who We Are
A hearty dose of Francophone pride, especially relevant with the Montreal Canadiens coming to town.

Gilmour reflects on career that nearly never happened -
Monday night brings the induction of the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame class, so today's article profiles the career of Doug Gilmour, who won a Stanley Cup in Calgary under Terry Crisp.

1st and 2nd Assist Bias - Arctic Ice Hockey
I used to be the king of phantom assists in beer league hockey. The secret is to be the first guy up there celebrating with the goal-scorer.

Current Canucks Continuing Assault On Team's All Time Records - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks should probably hold off on printing team record books for a while, as there's a lot of change going on.

Thought Bubble: Backstrom and Harding: The best superhero-sidekick duo in the NHL right now? - Hockey Wilderness
Well, they're certainly helping my fantasy team!

Steve Ott (hip pointer) won't join road trip - The Dallas Morning News
Dallas will miss this agitating power forward as they head to Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Mike Rupp Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery, Expected To Miss 4-6 Weeks - Blueshirt Banter
Sean Avery might get a little more work, with Rupp on the shelf for a while.

Brent Burns might not be the No. 1 fan of the Minnesota Wild | Working the Corners
A refreshing bit of honesty, as Brent Burns admits that he doesn't want the team that traded him to do well now that he's gone.

Rangers Vs. Senators: New York Rangers Make It Five Straight Against Ottawa - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers are now cooking with GAS (the GAS Line, that is).

Game 15: Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Tongues were wagging all over the NHL last night as the Flyers refused to rush up-ice into Tampa's conservative 1-3-1 lineup, with play coming to a standstill for close to a minute at a time. The Lightning won in the end, 2-1 in OT.

And lastly, thanks to Kukla's Korner, here's a look at last night's "action" in Tampa, along with TSN commentary discussing whether an NHL rule change is required here (I say no). My question would be, why don't the Flyers just try to get over the red line then throw the puck on net to force an offensive zone faceoff? That gives you a 50-50 shot at good possession in the Tampa zone, which is probably a better prospect than this nonsense.