When it comes to hockey, there aren’t too many fan bases more passionate than Nashville. Heading into the playoffs, the Predators are the top seed from the Central while the Dallas Stars skated in via the wild card. While the crowd largely supported their home Preds, it was Dallas’ rookie who faced the music and stole the show.
There’s nothing more satisfying than helping your team win a playoff game. Not only did Miro Heiskanen make his first playoff appearance in his NHL career, but he also scored twice in one of the most hostile environments in the league. After the Preds took an early lead, the Stars buckled down and, as a result, scored three straight before Nashville made a comeback.
Turning down the Music
A crowd largely in favor of the Preds was on hand for game one of the playoff series against the Dallas Stars. Having that loyal and passionate a fan base can be a factor between winning and losing close games, especially in the playoffs. They were sent into a frenzy when their boys scored the first goal but the celebration didn’t last long.
A couple of goals from the Stars gave the visitors the confidence to take more shots on goal and their defense was shutting down the Preds. With a lack of success, the fans weren’t much of a factor throughout, until P.K. Subban made a nifty move ending with the puck in the net. Being as electric and energetic a player as he is, Subban turned to the crowd demanding them to come back to life. And they did, but it didn’t matter in the end.
Smashville lives up to its reputation
Heading into their playoff series it was known there would be some hitting, with Dallas and Nashville known as two of the best defensive teams in the league. Big hits were commonplace from start to finish including this hit by Brian Boyle, absolutely leveling Jason Dickenson.
The Preds and Stars will be back on the ice for game two on Saturday, April 13. Puck drop will be at 6 E.T. and can be seen on CNBC.