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This was the sequence in overtime of last night's game, where a non-call on a hit from behind on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa turned into a questionable hooking call on Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber soon after.

Forty seconds after the penalty, Ryan Kesler tipped in the overtime winner, giving the Canucks a 2-1 series lead.



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Nashville fans and players were really upset after the game, with Predators forward David Legwand ripping referee Tim Peel for his call.

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"I think it's a horrible call," Legwand told Yahoo! Sports, among others. "Obviously they're going to think it's a good call, but Kesler's obviously holding his stick. I don't know if Timmy Peel had a date or something, but he wanted to get out of here pretty quick, it looked like. It's a tough way to lose a game."

He repeated his message more than once, according to the Vancouver Sun.

"That ticky-tack in overtime is kind of tough," Legwand added. "I don't know if the ref had to be somewhere tonight. It was a tough call to take; obviously Kesler is holding on to his stick. Webby's stick shouldn't be in there in the first place, but Kesler's holding on his stick and that's a pretty touchy call for overtime.

"Someone's got to be held accountable for it. That's a bad hockey call. In the end, they get the goal and capitalize. Timmy Peel calls that and it's a bad call. Do something about it. It's kind of tough to point on one person, but that's a bad hockey call."

The officiating has had some low moments in these playoffs so far, with Canucks GM Mike Gillis going after the refs and getting a large, undisclosed fine for his troubles leading up to Game 7 of the first round.

The Buffalo Sabres also weren't very happy with some of the officiating in their series with the Philadelphia Flyers, including a hit from behind that put Tim Connolly out for the series that resulted in only a minor penalty.

The most players can be fined under the CBA is just $2,500 (U.S.) so you'd expect a whole lot more of this from individuals unless the league goes after the team itself.

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Should players be able to call out referees for bad calls? Or is the NHL right to attempt to keep a lid on this?

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