NASHVILLE It could not have been a fun couple of days to be Sergei Kostitsyn.
Last Sunday in a 3-2 loss at Edmonton, the Nashville Predators forward had the bad judgment to give up on a play and go for a line change that turned into a 2-on-1 situation against his team and which resulted in the Oilers scoring a shorthanded goal.
The video went viral. It was broadcast on general interest sports programs that generally dont venture into hockey. His own coach Barry Trotz called it an illogical event.
To hold Kostitsyn accountable, Trotz held him out of the next game, only the second time this season in which Kostitsyn has not played.
This is a player who, two seasons ago, led the Predators in goals with 23 and tied for the team lead in points with 50.
Alas, on Thursday, Trotz inserted Kostitsyn back in the lineup, deciding that five days of shame was enough.
Hes served his time, if you will, and hes going to go back in the lineup, Trotz said before the game.
The coach was reward...