The Nashville Predators forward made arguably the most boneheaded play of the NHL season on Sunday night, and it cost his club dearly. When he wasn’t able to control a puck in his offensive end on the power play, Kostitsyn was forced to get back on defense. He started to do so and then inexplicably stopped.
The end result? A shorthanded goal for the Edmonton Oilers?
Instead of aggressively back-checking after the turnover, Kostitsyn instead opted to go off for a line change. That allowed the Oilers to walk into the Nashville zone with a 2-on-1 break and Sam Gagner, the player Kostitsyn attempted to “check” in the neutral zone, passed it over to Lennart Petrell for the goal.
The worst part about the play for Kostitsyn and the Preds? The Oilers went on to win the game 4-3.
See the play below.