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 from May 20th 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 quarterfinals. Anyone who votes on this matchup will be eligible to win a Milwaukee Admirals t-shirt AND a copy of the DVD “Gold Record”, chronicling 50 years of hockey history in Nashville.
Today’s final matchup:
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.
8) April 13, 2004 – Tomas Vokoun shuts out Detroit
For much of the 2003-04 season, Tomas Vokoun flew under the radar as one of the NHL’s most valuable goalies. The national scene would figure just how clutch Vokoun was in Game 4 of the first round.
With the Predators trying to knot the series at 2-2 following a Game 3 win, a loaded Detroit team threw everything and the kitchen sink at the Nashville netminder. In total, Vokoun faced 41 shots – and he stopped them all. The backup-turned-starter was absolutely dominant in the Preds’ 3-0 victory in Game 4. Considering the stage, it was arguably the best goaltending performance in franchise history.
Head on over to our Facebook page to cast your vote! Voting will take place through midnight. The prize winner will be announced at that time.