With thousands of Chicago Blackhawks fans looking on, the Nashville Predators claimed a 7-5 win in the team’s final home game. The contest was unlike most games inside Bridgestone Arena as many Predators players felt like they were playing on the road due to the huge support for their opposition.
After the game, Nashville forward Matt Cullen and Eric Nystrom explained why disappointing so many Blackhawks fans felt so good.
“We’ve been pretty good on the road, so I didn’t mind all their fans too much. I went for lunch today and all I saw was red all over, I even saw a Blackhawks flag at one point. I thought that would give us some great motivation to let them come downtown and go home sad. That was my goal,” Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said.
“We couldn’t take the Hawks fans out of the game as soon as we wanted, but we got them in the end when it really mattered,” Nystrom said.
Tonight, the Predators (37-32-12) play their final game of the season up in Minnesota against the Wild (43-26-12). The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. (CST).