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STPM: #8 vs. #9

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 next matchup:

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.

9) April 30, 2011 – Pekka Rinne stuns in Vancouver
Pekka Rinne only made 32 saves in a double overtime victory in Vancouver in 2011, but many were of the highlight variety. Down 1-0 late in regulation, the Predators forced overtime when Ryan Suter beat Roberto Luongo from behind the goal line. Then Rinne took over.

With the Canucks pressuring in the first overtime, Rinne was forced to make a handful of clutch point-blank saves. The most memorable of those saves was his lunging blocker stop on Kevin Bieksa. Perhaps the most impressive were his back-to-back saves on Henrik Sedin from close range. Rinne then robbed Mikael Samuelsson with a circus save in the second overtime frame. All of that came before Matt Halischuk won the game for the Preds 14:51 into double overtime.

Head on over to our Facebook page to cast your vote! Voting will take place through 5 p.m. today. The prize winner will be announced at that time.

 
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