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 two tickets to the Music City Sports Festival, being held at the brand new Music City Center in downtown Nashville on May 31st and July 1st, AND a Milwaukee Admirals gameday magazine.
Today’s final matchup:
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.
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.
Head on over to our Facebook page to cast your vote! Voting will take place through 8 p.m. today. The prize winner will be announced at that time.