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Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Preds win! Preds win!

Apr 3, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 8 — Nashville winning its first-ever playoff series.

Prior to their opening round series against Anaheim, the Predators had been to the playoffs five times…and had lost in the opening round five times.

Thankfully for them, the sixth time was a charm.

Nashville knocked off the Ducks in six games with an unlikely hero — Nick Spaling — scoring two goals in the decisive Game 6, including the game winner.

“Nick Spaling is not known for scoring a lot goals, but there he is scoring big goals,” Trotz said. “This series sort of symbolized how the Predators play in a lot of ways. [David] Legwand’s line got a couple of goals and they’re playing lots against [Ryan] Getzlaf. And Fisher’s line got us some goals, and Smithson’s line got us goals. [Blake] Geoffrion’s line got us goals.

“That’s sort of what we do. That’s our DNA. To win this series, we needed everybody and everybody contributed.”

The Preds would go on to lose their second round series to the eventual Western Conference champion Canucks, but still looked back on their historical playoff run with fondness.

“There’s a trust and an understanding that we’re trying to do something together,” Trotz recently told the Predators website. “It’s not something as an individual, it’s something we’re trying to do as a group; a family, organization, a team — a true team instead of individuals, and I think that’s why it works.”

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  1. gekkoguy82 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    It was such an awesome experience to be there for that. It was so, so loud in there, and everyone was deliriously happy. I really don’t think it mattered to people around here how the Preds fared the rest of the post season; after winning that first round, however far they moved on from that was a just a wonderful bonus. That first round was such a huge mental barrier for everyone to get over. I know its hard for fans of older and bigger market teams to grasp, but it’s true. Such a great moment. Yes, they lost to Vancouver, but they played hard and tough till the end.

    • vshehane - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      I agree. It was incredible. The love for this team in this market has been so underestimated. The Predators have become Nashville’s premier sports team thanks to great ownership, management, coaching, players and most of all, the fans.

  2. lolnowhy - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Nashville produced two of the most boring playoff series last year that I’ve ever seen.

    Way to go!

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