The Nashville Predators have had plenty of great moments in their seven playoff appearances, but which moments were better than the others? That’s for you to decide in Smashville’s Top Playoff Moments, brought to you by Village Pub & Beer Garden!
The Smashville 24/7 crew has put 16 Predators playoff moments into a bracket (see here), and through May 29th you, the fans, can vote on the top moment over at our Facebook page. Anyone who votes AND ‘likes’ our Facebook page will be eligible to win free prizes.
Today is the final matchup. Anyone who votes on this matchup will be eligible to win 1 of 4 prizes – a $75 Village Pub & Beer Garden gift card, a Predators sweatshirt, a copy of the DVD “Gold Record” and a Smashville 24/7 prize pack.
1) April 24, 2011 – Game 6 vs. Anaheim
It was the moment that every fan in Smashville was waiting for. The Predators failed twice against Detroit and San Jose before losing a first-round series to Chicago in gut-wrenching fashion in 2010. They just couldn’t get over the hump. Against Anaheim in 2011, though, the Preds finally kicked down the door to advance to the second round.
An intense, back-and-forth series between the Preds and Ducks led to an intense, back-and-forth Game 6 in Nashville. Early in the third period, Nick Spaling gave Nashville a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish. Anaheim put on a late-game push but Pekka Rinne and company stood in the way. To finish off the historic win, David Legwand scored an empty-netter for a 4-2 victory.
It was the Predators’ first playoff series win, setting off an electric celebration inside Bridgestone Arena. The sixth time was the charm.
2) April 22, 2012 – Game 5 vs. Detroit
The Predators and Red Wings met twice in the playoffs before 2012. Both of the previous times, the Preds were the No. 8 seed facing a heavily-favored, Presidents’-Trophy winning Detroit team. This series had a different feel heading into it, though, as the favored Preds finished ahead of the Wings in the regular season standings for the first time.
The Preds’ pair of wins in Detroit to take a demanding 3-1 series lead set up for a memorable Game 5 in Nashville. On the first shift of the third period, David Legwand shot the puck past a screened Jimmy Howard to give the Preds a 2-1 lead. The Preds staved off a fierce late rally from Detroit to close out the series. The handshake line featuring Shea Weber and Nicklas Lidstrom was one of the top moments in franchise history.
While beating Anaheim was a monumental occasion, taking down their biggest rival was extra sweet for Nashville. The shoe was finally on the other foot.
Head on over to our Facebook page to cast your vote! Voting will take place through 6 p.m. tonight. The prize winners will be announced at that time.