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.
We are now into the semifinals. Anyone who votes on this matchup will be eligible to win two prizes – a $50 gift card to Village Pub & Beer Garden and a nifty Milwaukee Admirals goalie glove oven mitt.
The second of two semifinal matchups:
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.
5) April 14, 2008 – Two goals in nine seconds
Down 2-0 in the series and 3-2 in the game, the Predators needed two goals to avoid being pushed to the brink of elimination by top-seeded Detroit. They got them both – nine seconds apart.
Late in the third period, Jan Hlavac carried the puck into the Red Wings’ zone and fed a trailing Ryan Suter, who ripped a wrister past Dominik Hasek to tie the game at 3-3. With the crowd still on its feet on the ensuing, Jason Arnott’s slap shot eluded Hasek to give the Preds a 4-3 lead. Martin Erat’s empty-net tally was icing on the cake in the Preds’ 5-3 victory that momentarily changed the outlook of the series. The Preds won Game 4 and pushed Game 5 to overtime before being discarded in six games.
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