Predators Coach Peter Laviolette Lays into Ref for Winking at Blackhawks Bench

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2015

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There's no crying in baseball. As it turns out, there's also no winking in hockey.

One NHL referee caught some heat from Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette for allegedly winking at the Chicago Blackhawks' bench during their game on Dec. 29.

When the ref came over to the bench, Laviolette let him have it. The referee denied winking at the Blackhawks bench, but the Nashville coach wasn't buying it. 

The exchange was caught on camera and shown on the Predators' show Beneath the Ice. 

Oh, Chicago pulled out a 5-4 shootout victory.

[YouTube, h/t The Big Lead]