Continuing with the game plan – ha! I suppose I mean that in the literal, but not traditional manner – Jay and I traveled to Nashville to see a Round 2 game. We’d decided to watch at least one game live per round, assuming we could get tickets, and this round found us at game 2.

One reason I love this team is their involvement in the community. I took this screenshot of their Instagram page, of their pregaming with with the hero from the Waffle House shooting in a Nashville suburb earlier in the week. My family is new to the Preds, so I labeled the guys.

 

Our pregame looked a bit different, hitting downtown Nashville with Jenny, a friend of Jay’s from his college days. We had a late lunch (or was it an early dinner?) on Broadway and hanging out with some friends who weren’t going to the game.

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While we always meet up with Jenny during, if not before, the games, this was our first time sitting with her. Hockey fans are a superstitious bunch, and Jay said before the game it was a must-win if we ever wanted to sit with her again!

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After 3 periods, the game was tied up, forcing sudden death over time. After twenty additional minutes scoreless, the game continued in a second overtime.

If the lightsabers giveaway were questionable at the beginning of a game which finds many fans drinking beer, by the 2nd overtime they broke the “No Fly Zone” rule. I may have used mine for a few love-taps on the top of a good-natured stranger’s head.

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With Fiala’s game winning shot, the sabers were waving as proudly as the flag on the Fourth of July.

After 2 games in Winnipeg, the series returns to Nashville tonight all tied up. Best of 7 wins, and with the series at 2-2 we’re guaranteed at least 6 games. I wouldn’t be surprised if these teams don’t stretch it into 7.

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