4/13/12 Preds vs Detroit, Playoffs R1-G2, 3-2 Detroit

SO excited about this road trip! My first playoff game, ever, Thank You Nashville Predators!

We took Friday off and hit the road up to Smashville early to get in on all the festivities before the 6:30p game time.

This is Round 1, Game 2 of the Playoffs, and Preds won Game 1 on Wednesday night, so we’re amped for this one.

Gnash was ready to go, he’s loaded up in the back seat!

We got playoff towels and tshirts.  

I love the face paintings!!

Pete Weber talking before the game

Brian Engblom is in the house tonite  

Diamond Rio did the Anthem tonite  

“BECAUSE IT’S THE CUP”

WEBER / BERTUZZI dust up, residual from Game 1:

Johan Franzen also scored, and Howard made 24 saves as Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings their own answer for Weber being fined only $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass at the end of Game 1 on Wednesday night. Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Weber 1:36 into the game and landed a good punch before they were separated.  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Todd Bertuzzi called it just a hockey play. Goaltender Jimmy Howard loved seeing Bertuzzi stick up for his teammates, and Detroit coach Mike Babcock saw the big forward dropping the gloves with Predators defenseman Shea Weber as taking care of something “unacceptable.”

This got out of sync but Gnash dropped a catfish down and then he dropped into the arena.   Thrash used to do this back in the day  😦

Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period, and the Red Wings got the best revenge against the Predators with a 3-2 victory Friday night that evened the first-round series 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Detroit. During the timeouts, this is what hockey love is like!   

Pekka Rinne, who made 35 saves in the opening victory for Nashville, gave up three goals on the first 10 shots he faced. White put Detroit up 1-0 – the Red Wings’ first lead of the series – at 8:25 of the first when he got the puck from Jiri Hudler and skated up and wristed the puck from just inside the faceoff circle. The Predators had some good chances only to see Howard stop them. Then the Red Wings blocked a shot by Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein, and Emmerton grabbed the puck and skated up the left side before beating Rinne over his stick with a wrister at 15:33. The Predators had the NHL’s best power play in the regular season, but they have yet to score against Detroit in this series. They went 0 of 6 in Game 1, then missed with 30 seconds on their second 5-on-3 of the series. Kostitsyn pulled Nashville to 2-1 with a wrister through traffic at 9:01 of the second. Detroit answered 56 seconds later when Brad Stuart’s shot at the net deflected off Franzen’s skate, putting the Red Wings back up 3-1. Country star Vince Gill sat behind Howard in the first and third periods. He had a shirt saying “Bertuzzi is a sissy” under his Predators sweater. We were right up behind him and he also signed my GNASH for me.  

He was not happy.  Preds lost and he was trying to eyeball his gear up in the bandstand 

Vince signed my GNASH for me

Hey, I see the toes of my tennis shoes and black pants up over Vince’s right shoulder when they pan just a bit left on the part where he’s singing! http://nhl.cdn.neulion.net/u/videocenter/embed.swf This was on Puck Daddy:

Weber and Bertuzzi finishing unfinished business

The Rock says “Layeth The Smaketh Down”…………

And, we have our first catfish

Clogging up Howard’s view 

Is he squirting his eyes?  

Pekka tracking the puck

Attacking Pekka  

Vince jamming.   This was a real treat!   I have always loved him.   

Hornqvist becoming one with Howard, lol    

While Mike Fisher sets up

Still keeping Howard blocked

Peks coming in for a breather  

Trying to block Kostitsyn’s shot 

Weber and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for Nashville, which missed a chance for its first 2-0 series lead in its seventh postseason. The Predators had yet another sold-out crowd, yet the NHL’s best power play in the regular season is 0 of 12 in the series

Carrie Underwood, always there in her suite 

More shots at Pekka 

Fisher trying the wrap around to Howards net 

Preds taking a breather 

Red Wings taking a breather  

Howard is holding his own this night 

Hey Ericsson!!  What are you doing to Legwand’s head there during the face off!!?   

Vince Gill jumps up for the fight!  

The puck got stuck in the net 

Trying to get the puck down 

A little more discussion 

Preds give it a last try 

Not giving up 

 And finally!

Lots and lots of gold tonight but it wasn’t quite enough 

Gnash making some noise 

Weber trying to hold them off 

It was a hard fought loss.  Nashville did not go down without a fight, very good game.   

Notes: Detroit previously had 26 shots against Nashville in the 2004 and 2008 playoffs. … Counting the 12 penalties killed in the first two games, the Red Wings have killed 37 straight. … The Red Wings improved to 9-3 in Game 2 of the first-round series since 2000. They also have outscored opponents 45-29 in those games. … Nashville is 2-6 in Game 2 in the postseason. … Three star selections 1st: JIMMY HOWARD 2nd: JOHAN FRANZEN 3rd: CORY EMMERTON Winning Goaltender Jimmy Howard Losing Goaltender Pekka Rinne GAME HIGHLIGHTS: http://nhl.cdn.neulion.net/u/videocenter/embed.swf

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