To the average Middle Tennessean, it is a cold, rainy, miserable, Friday morning but the 17,113 residents of Smashville are walking on sunshine this morning in spite of the physical elements.
Last night, the Nashville Predators provided fans with excitement that had not been seen to that degree in a in a long time. During the team's comeback in the final period, Bridgestone Arena was a loud as can be recalled during regular season game.
Barry Trotz coined a new phrase to capture the spirit of the situation and label it the "miracle moment." It was a spontaneous response that Trotz had to describe the feeling in the building that will be used for years to come and will probably end up on gold colored T-shirts in the near future.
The Predators have now won four in a row and appear to have righted an inconsistent ship on home ice. They are clearly back in the playoff mix in a highly competitive Central Division and Western Conference.
It is the type of hockey that the Predators need to play for the rest of this season, and going forward into their new conference next season. If the new set-up were in place this season, six of the top seven teams in the Western Conference would be in the yet to be named Predators' grouping.
The Predators will practice today and then wind up the home stand against St. Louis on Saturday night where they hope to extend the win streak and make up ground on the also red-hot Blues.
Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame presser. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
Jim Diamond (AP)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - One More Thing
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
Patten Fuqua (Puck Scene)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Detroit Area Media...
Detroit Free Press,
Winging It in Motown
Able to Yzerman
The Production Line
Nightmare on Helm Street
Left Wing Lock
On The Wings
Red Wings Front
The Malik Report
Audio from the Predators comes from....
From Detroit we hear from...
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Shea Weber
2. Jordin Tootoo
3. Nicklas Lidstrom
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass