Friday, March 27, 2009
If you had told me at this time yesterday that the Predators would beat the Sharks 3-2 in regulation without Arnott and Legwand and that Greg Zanon would score the game winning goal, I would have laughed in your face. Today, that is a reality. It really happened. I went into the game last night telling myself that if it was that bad I would leave after the second and go home to study for my test at 8am today. With the score at 3-2 at the end of the second, I stayed planted in my seat at the top of the arena. And I am glad I did. What an exciting third period of hockey. Back and forth chances, stupid penalites, and a battle of the goaltenders. I am glad I stayed (and the test ended up going fine). The Detroit 8-0 blowout was amazing, but this game was hard fought the whole way through and it really showed the heart this team is playing with. Whatever was said in that locker room in the first intermission really turned it on. The Predators played a very well rounded game. They had good passes, which is out of character for a team I have been screaming at for months for their passes to each others skates. I walked out of the arena with a smile and woke up with one too. It was a good night of playoff style hockey in the music city. And I can't imagine having been anywhere else.