...and there was much rejoicing.
To help tide us all over now that the Preds' season is complete, let's take a look back at some of the highlights from the season gone by, working our way up to #1 on a daily basis.
The date was January 15, 2011, and in front of a sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena (which featured far too many Blackhawk fans who had made the trip that weekend), the Nashville Predators went into the 3rd trailing Chicago 2-0. Shortly after Jerred Smithson got the Preds on the board midway through the period, there came a break for a TV timeout, and for the first time this season, the fans responded with a thunderous standing ovation to try and motivate the team into tying the game.
Sure enough, Smithson drew the ensuing faceoff over to his right, Joel Ward fed it back to Ryan Suter, who then dished the puck off to Shea Weber for one of his patented bombs, which blew right by Corey Crawford to tie the score at 2-2. While the TV broadcast missed it live, and had to jump right to the replay, anyone in attendance will recall this as one of the great highlights of the season, a magic moment when the effort put in a TV Timeout Standing O was met with immediate results on the ice. As a fan, it just doesn't get much better than that:
The Preds ended up winning the game in a shootout 3-2, but they never would have made it to OT without that big blast from the captain.
I did find another video with the view from the stands...