By Jim Diamond
So when you play nearly 1,000 games for a single team, half of them in the same building, you kind of get into some routines, like say, which penalty box to go in after you are called for an infraction.
Coincidentally enough, that’s exactly what happened Thursday night when longtime Predator David Legwand was sent off for a tripping penalty at 14:30 of the second period.
After 956 regular season games played in a Predator uniform, Legwand was sent to the Detroit Red Wings in a deadline day deal that saw Calle Jarnkrok and a draft pick come Nashville’s way. In the offseason, Legwand signed with the Senators, Nashville’s 2014-15 season-opening opponent.
Playing his first-ever road game in Nashville, Legwand was having a few words of disagreement with referee Kelly Sutherland on his way toward the penalty box. He skated over the red line and actually got both feet into the Nashville penalty box and had to be directed away by the penalty box attendant.
“Yes, it’s tough going to one for 15 years and then you’ve got to go to the other one,” Legwand said after the game. “It’s over and done with. I’m happy that it’s over and done with and I move forward.”
It was a warm welcome back to Nashville for Legwand. At the first media timeout, the Predators played a nice tribute video and then showed him on the Megatron as he was about to take the ensuing faceoff while he received a standing ovation from the Bridgestone Arena faithful.