Now THAT deserved a standing ovation!
For two periods, things looked bleak in Smashville. A huge crowd of Chicago fans had infiltrated Bridgestone Arena, cheering on as the Blackhawks manhandled the Preds, posting a 2-0 lead heading into the third. In one of the most remarkable games of this season, however, it all turned around from there forward. A Jerred Smithson goal sparked the crowd, leading to the first "TV timeout standing ovation" of the season.
Then, in a moment that no Nashville Predators fan who was in attendance will ever forget, Shea Weber blasted home the tying goal just seconds afterward, silencing the Chicago rowdies. Pekka Rinne fought off some dangerous chances down the stretch and particularly in overtime, then stuffed all three Chicago shooters to secure the shootout victory.
Follow after the jump for the video highlights!
First here's the Blackhawks vs Predators boxscore:
I wanted to pass along one interesting note about the dedication of the off-ice staff who are making such headway on the business front with this team. On our way out of the game, there were some folks handing out goodies to the fans to celebrate the win, as always. This time, however, right in the thick of them was the COO of the Predators, Sean Henry, in his suit (the tie long gone), thanking people for coming, and working hard to make sure fans had one more good experience on their way out of Bridgestone Arena.
That's all for now, it's a late night and it took us forever to get home. Enjoy the win and get ready for another doozy Sunday night!
Who is your Predator of the Game?
Pekka Rinne (128 votes)
Jerred Smithson (54 votes)
Shea Weber (26 votes)
208 total votes