It happens every spring.
Once the NHL playoffs begin, one of the least penalized teams in the league suddenly becomes a penalty magnet.
It happened again Wednesday night in Nashville as the Red Wings were penalized six times during their 3-2 loss to the Predators - in game that was high on drama and low on officiating tolerance.
Nashville was penalized eight times, so both teams found it difficult to sustain any rhythm, but Detroit was penalized early in the game, killing off all six of their penalties by the midway point of the second period.
After the penalties started to even out, the Wings were able to settle down and made it a hockey game.
If it wasnt for the efforts of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, the Wings could easily be up one game to none in their best of seven playoff series against the Predators.
Instead, they find themselves down by a game to the Preds with game two slated for Friday night in the Music City.
During the regular season, Detroit and Nashville w...