Ok, nothing too exciting has happened lately involving our beloved Predators. So, to kill some time, I thought it would be a good idea to respond to a request that came in via the comments section of a previous blog post.
Question: I’d love to hear from both of you about your most memorable Pred’s moments. One that stands out in my mind was talking about Wayne “Betsky” after a game against the Coyotes and then realizing that he was standing right next to me.
First of all, thanks so much for posting a comment. Second of all, wow! How and why were you standing next to Mr. Gretzky? Were you trying to get your retro Pro Stars t-shirt autographed or something? And come on Pred Head, you and I both know that there is no way the “Great One” was ever involved in anything illegal, especially anything involving gambling…
(Greatest cartoon ever?…probably not!)
Obviously, my top Preds memory was our first home playoff game against the Red Wings in 2004, as mentioned here. That game will remain burned in my memory (in a good way) for the rest of my life. I have plenty of other “fangtastic” memories from Preds games, and here is one of them.
There’s something special about weekend afternoon hockey games. I wouldn’t want them to become a regular thing, but every now and then, a 2:00pm Saturday start is a pretty cool change of pace. I remember attending one of these afternoon tilts on February 28, 2004 (Yes, I had to look the date up. My memory is not that good). I brought along a good friend of mine who was in the process of becoming a hardcore hockey fan, but was not quite there yet. The game had been your pretty standard low-scoring affair when regulation ended. We headed to overtime, and a 1-1 tie was the last thing I wanted to walk out of the arena with. Remember those tie things? Anyway, Andrew Hutchinson ended the game with a slapper from near the blue line that made its way between the pipes. The crowd went crazy and the standard celebrations, high fives, and hugs quickly followed. Don’t ask me why this game stands out, it just does. I have been to hundreds of games including a countless number of games that ended spectacularly in overtime. But, for some reason, this OT game-winning effort sticks with me. It turns out it was a very valuable extra point since Nashville placed 8th in the Western Conference that year, beating out Edmonton by only 2 points, and clinching their first playoff birth.
I will try and share more fond Predators memories as the barren off-season winds down, and I’m sure Amanda will be delighted to as well. What are some of your best/worst Predators memories? Please feel free to share in the comments section. Also, if my memory sucks and someone else scored that goal, please let me know. I’ll hang my head in shame, but at least I’ll know the truth and won’t be “misremembering” like Andy Pettite. That said, I’m 99% sure it went down just like I described it…
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