It possibly was one of the most exciting games played for a casual fan to watch in a long time. The contest had plenty of back and forth action, solid defense, huge saves at both ends, and a roller-coaster of emotions at the end, with the Predators going down, and them coming back quickly before remorse set in.
The teams put on a great show for the national press with Michael Farber from Sports Illustrated and Ken Campbell from The Hockey News in the house. The good pub from this game will come on the heels of Hockey Night in Canada declaring that Nashville was indeed, "a hockey town."
Another big winner may have been Ryan Suter's agent Neil Sheehy, who is in town to meet with Preds GM David Poile about a new contract for the defenseman.
Nothing occurred during the contest that would disprove Suter's worth in the $6.5 -7.0 million range. I expect to hear positive news about movement toward a signing either today or before the week is out.
Sheehy's other clients, Colin Wilson and Jack Hillen also strutted their stuff in front of their agent, especially with Colin Wilson's Bobby Orr-esque game winning goal.
Another highlight of the evening was the Joel Ward tribute video produced by the Predators game operations folks. It brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation and a tear to any gold-blooded Predator fan.
Also, the season's first legitimate, spontaneous TV time-our standing ovation occurred with 4:05 left in the game after the Predators tied the contest at 1-1.
Pekka Rinne got the first star at Puck Daddy and the third star at NHL.com.
Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame presser. Make the jump for the full round-up...
Main Stream Media...
- Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
- David Boclair (The City Paper)
- Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
- John Manasso (NHL.com)
- Associated Press
- Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - Morning Skate
- Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
- Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
- Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
- Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
- Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck) - Nice title, "The Mitch Korn Classic"
- AJ in Nashville (Predators AJenda)
- Paul McCann (Hockey Buzz)
- Kris Martel (Predatorial)
- Lady Preds
- Fang Finger
The Other Side of the Story from the nations Capitol...
- Washington Times
- Washington Post
- Japers Rink
- On Frozen Blog
- Rock the Red
- Capitals Outsider
- Russian Machine Never Breaks
- Capitals Examiner
- Kings of Leonsis
From the Caps locker room, we hear from...
Highlights come from NHL.com...
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