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.
Anyone who votes on this matchup will be eligible to win a $30 gift card to Village Pub & Beer Garden.
Today’s second matchup:
4) April 11, 2004 – First playoff win
In their first two playoff games ever, the No. 8-seeded Predators gave the Red Wings a run for their money – to no avail. The Preds came back home down 2-0 in the series, but that didn’t faze them in their first home playoff game.
“Here we are in the bible belt and Game 3 is being played on Easter Sunday afternoon. Was anybody going to show up? They showed up and they showed up loudly. It was high amp electricity,” play-by-play voice Pete Weber said.
David Legwand kicked off the scoring with a shorthanded goal late in the period, sending the home crowd into pandemonium. Adam Hall and Scott Hartnell tacked on tallies, while Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves to finish off a 3-1 victory that Predators fans will never forget.
13) April 11, 2012 – Rinne stones Zetterberg
Last April’s first-round series against Detroit featured a lot of tight-knit contests that were decided by the great goaltending of Pekka Rinne. Never was it more evident than in Game 1, when Rinne made 35 saves (30 in the final 40 minutes) to help the Predators hold on to a 3-2 victory. Rinne’s biggest save of the night came in the third period when he made an acrobatic stop on a shot from Henrik Zetterberg that would have tied the game.
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