2011 – Predators vs. Ducks
The Predators hit a milestone during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They made it to the second round for the first time in franchise history. It was the next hump the Predators franchise was trying to overcome since that first series with the Red Wings in 2004.
The Predators were pretty evenly-matched with the Ducks. Both teams had scored 99 points during the regular season, and the Ducks were one of those physically brutal teams that you loved to hate.
Nashville was the 5th seed while Anaheim was the 4th due to more season wins than Nashville. This seeding also gave the Ducks home-ice advantage.
This first-round series was a classic back and forth between the two teams. The Predators would need six games to finish off the Ducks. Nashville closed out the series with a 4-2 victory in front of a raucous home crowd.
After five previous attempts, the Predators moved into the second round of the playoffs for the first time.
The Predators seized control of the series in Game 6 when Jerred Smithson scored the game-winner in overtime to beat the Ducks in Anaheim.