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Sassy Saturday: Jake Allen, Ryan Ellis throw tantrums


James OBrien

Competition can push you to get better and make you raise your game. Sometimes it doesn’t bring out the best in you, though.

Saturday provided two (unintentionally?) amusing moments of players throwing, well, fits in eventual defeats.

The most rumblings came from Jake Allen, who may or may not have shown up Ken Hitchcock in seemingly being only briefly pulled from Saturday’s eventual 4-1 St. Louis Blues loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Despite getting the franchise’s first hat trick from a defenseman (Shea Weber), the Nashville Predators coughed up a lead to the Detroit Red Wings and lost 5-4 in overtime.

The lowlight may have been Ryan Ellis squirting his water bottle at an official after a Darren Helm hit ... and then throwing a questionable check on Helm later.

Not either players’ best moment ... but kind of funny for the rest of us, right?