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St. Louis Blues Fans Invade Nashville


In support of the No. 1 team in the NHL, thousands of St. Blues fans watched their team skate to a 4-1 win in Nashville.

Long known as one of the toughest spots to claim a road victory (especially on a Saturday night), Bridgestone Arena was void of it’s usual solid gold covering last night. The Blues “faithful” made their successful invasion known throughout the contest with cheers, chants and yells after each Blues tally, roughly equivalent to the volume of the Nashville Predators goal horn.

“This has always been one of the toughest buildings in the West to come to on a Saturday night. To see a lot of Blues sweaters was really gratifying,” St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think we have a fierce following.”

The Blues began the game with a nearly ideal start as forward Patrik Berglund scored twice to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead early in the second period. From there, the visiting club ground out a win over the offensively challenged Predators club.

“It was amazing! It felt like a home game,” Berglund said. “It was amazing, and after I woke up from my nap I even heard ‘Let’s Go Blues’ from the bars down the street. That’s pretty cool when you’re waking up and going to get ready.”

While the number of fans wearing Blues memorabilia or yelling the team’s customary cheers is somewhat indisputable, the reason for the away team’s unusually high amount of support in the Music City was questioned by some.

“Any time a team is doing well in this league, you travel well. When the Blues weren’t doing so good you never saw any blue shirts out there. They’re the top team in the NHL, and they’re proud of what they’ve built up to this point,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. “It’s no different than the Blackhawks. I never saw any Blackhawks jerseys before, but then they build a good team and everybody wears their jerseys. That’s how pro sports work.”

While not as impressed with the support given to his opponent last night, Trotz has to be wowed by their results. The Blues are tracking toward the President’s Trophy (awarded to the NHL team with the most regular season points) and are racking up victories in all sorts of ways against a laundry list of opponents.

Many Predators fans left the game last night frustrated with their team’s performance on the ice, but were perhaps more annoyed with watching a gathering of St. Louis fans–bandwagon supporters or not–celebrate another victory and a five-game season sweep of Nashville.

It’s easy to be a fan of greatness and envious of those who have it.

And those two sentiments are what define the Blues and Predators rivalry right now.

 

Thomas Willis is the Manager/Editor of Predlines.com and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @TomAWillis. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH

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  • Gern Blanston

    The issue is economics, IMO. When you have Chicago and St Louis charging double or triple what our tickets cost, it’s cheaper for their fans to come here to see their team, even when they have to pay for hotels. Also, it’s a ‘fun’ vacation for them – they get here and start drinking on Lower Broad at 9 in the morning, so they’re good and juiced up for the game.

    Not much fun for we local fans, tho. I’m thinking STL is going to have to start being made to buy two tickets like CHI, and there definitely should be more security around for these games.

    • Andrew Wilken

      Nearly every Blues game is a sell out so to suggest ticket prices are so astronomical isn’t accurate. Also why would security need to be increased? It’s not like Blues fans are a rowdy and violent group. Nashville is a 4 hour drive and is a cool city. The game was on a Saturday and the Blues are really fun to watch right now. That’s why the fans traveled well yesterday.

      • Gern Blanston

        More tickets sold = more demand = higher prices. Why is that hard to understand…?

        Y’all were only here in numbers because of the bandwagon fans that jump on any time a team heats up; this level of support is new, as those in your division well know. Many of the jerseys I saw still had creases in them; doubt those wearing them could define any hockey-related term, since they were here to drink and ‘party’.

        I think several thousand Preds fans would disagree re: y’all being rowdy/violent. Discussion of your behavior is all over virtually every Preds fan blog/Twitter, and I personally know what happened because I was there and subject to many around/behind me who wouldn’t shut up the entire time, screaming insults and dropping F-bombs.

        The issue isn’t y’all being here: it’s the behavior. It’s not cool, your being drunk, screaming, not sitting down/blocking folks’ view, harassing people trying to use the escalators, and making our fans afraid in our own barn. Hope you enjoyed it, b/c y’all are well on the way to having your rights to buy tickets restricted, similar to Chicago.

        p.s. Good luck vs. SJS or ANA, either of which will beat you in the Playoffs, so there’s no need to even go into what’ll happen if you meet Boston or Pittsburgh. We’ll enjoy watching your bandwagon fans spend $$$ to watch, though.

        • Kyle William

          Someone is extremely upset they lost.

          Your “point” that our fans’ behavior is being discussed all over Preds’ blogs and Twitter doesn’t have any merit; You said yourself that they are blogs and Twitter feeds, which means that 96% of it is nothing but people upset they were romped in their own city, and our fans showed up to support our boys.

          I’d also like to use your line about bandwagoners: Here in St. Louis, we are extremely proud of our teams. We drink, we celebrate when we win, and we congratulate when we lose. You can say I’m wrong, but that’s how St. Louisans are for the most part. You’ll always have crazies. These new people jumping on the train because we’re winning don’t embody the St. Louis spirit. Now I’m not saying we don’t appreciate it, because we love the support. But don’t mix up your feelings with how your team played and how horrible your fans were about supporting your team with facts.