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Clinched!

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After two years missing the playoffs, who would have thought the Nashville Predators would be the second NHL team to clinch a spot in the 2015 playoffs?!  The Preds organization invited Smashville to greet the team that the airport, and the fans showed up in force to line the road outside the entrance and give the team some love.

The Ducks may have clinched today, too….but we’re SO much prettier.  🙂

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Way to go, guys – you deserve it!  Just don’t forget to beat those Flames tomorrow night.

We’ve got our playoff tickets, do you??  GO PREDS!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Move Over, Carter Hutton!

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Just over a year ago, we had this crazy idea to start a blog to talk hockey with other girls. Little did we know it would lead us to build friendships with people all over the country; in particular, one badass Preds fan from L.A. named Christina. This girl, y’all. She is tough, brave, sweet, humble, and will bake you the best cake you’ve ever had in your life….just all-around amazing. When we found out that her bucket list included learning how to play goalie, we knew we had to pull some strings to get her some time on the ice.
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About that bucket list.  Some people receive a terrifying diagnosis and it prevents them from living at all, but Christina used her diagnosis as motivation to visit friends old and new, see new places, and try things that most of us would never be brave enough to even attempt.  Her bucket list has taken her to Europe where she saw old friends, to Canada where she rode a bus cross-country to follow the Predators, and to Nashville where she saw some hockey and got to try out the ice at the Ford Ice Center (FIC).  She also got to have her dream wedding – complete with hockey-themed engagement photos!

Our friend, Craig MacDonald, Hockey Director at the Ford Ice Center (remember that time?) volunteered to give her a taste of the goalie life, which meant she got to spend some time in-goal for the first time ever.  Even though she was a little shaky on her skates, off she went to run through skating drills and field some pucks.
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Oh, and did we mention that she has her own goalie mask? She entered the “Design Pekka’s Mask” contest sponsored by the Nashville Predators. Though her design wasn’t chosen, her husband and a couple other amazing people had her design turned into the real deal, which she wore for her lesson.

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First time on the ice and you make a save double stack style a-la Dominik Hasek?? Told ya she’s awesome.

Really ya’ll – you’ve got to meet this girl.

Check out Christina’s blog here: https://hockeytonk.wordpress.com

 

 *Thanks to Mary Davis for sharing her video.  We were way too excited to focus on filming!

 

Huge shout out to Craig MacDonald and the Ford Ice Center for helping Christina check one more item off her bucket list! If you’re interested in hockey or figure skating, check out www.fordicecenter.com for scheduling and information.

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Welcome to Nashville, Y’all!

The population of Nashville increased yesterday when David Poile brought some more offensive power to Nashville.  We’re not going to comment on what we think about anyone until we see them at camp, but we will offer up some tips about life in this great city (and a few warnings) for Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, as well as James Neal, the Laviolette’s, the McCarthy’s, and all of our new friends. 

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Hi James.

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And Derek.

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 And Mike.

 

Life here is slower.  Be sure to leave an extra half hour to do anything.  If Nolensville Road or the grocery store are involved, leave an extra 45 minutes.  It’s too hot to rush anywhere here, and everyone likes to talk.  Slowly.  Talk back!  You’ll inevitably wind up with a new recipe or two.

You need jeans.  And lots of them.  We wear jeans everywhere. 

There is music everywhere you turn – and it isn’t all country.  You’ve got to go visit Third Man Records and check out Jack White’s collection!  Go to Robert’s Western World for Sunday lunch and get your fill of traditional country.  Be sure to see a show at the Ryman, because everything sounds better in the Mother Church.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a Hatch Show Print!  Get out and sing some karaoke – it’ll remind you that not everyone here is musically talented. 

Speaking of Robert’s, be sure to order the cheeseburger.  It is one of the best in town!  You can also find great burgers at Burger Republic if you’re hungry after practice one day. It’s close to the new Ford Ice Center, and they have been voted the Best Burger in Nashville for a couple years running.

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Or you can get a hot dog at I Dream of Weenie in East Nashville.  (*giggle* – weenie.)

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We do have healthier food options, but they’re a little harder to find.  Don’t be surprised if you order a veggie plate and everything is fried.  We have a ton of international restaurants, so get adventurous and try some of those!  Our favorite is Thai Papaya

Our fanbase may be a little smaller than you’re used to, but we’re passionate and LOUD!  We will love you and you’ll know it.  We won’t bother you when you’re out and about though, so feel free to leave the house. 

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But don’t leave the house in a cowboy hat.  Everyone will think you’re a tourist.

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I Didn’t Know It Could Hurt So Bad

This week’s post is brought to you by a devastated Enforcer who is still trying to deal with the loss of her favorite player.

 

So. I don’t even know where to begin. I knew Nashville was trying to land a top-6 forward. I knew that they would have offer up someone good to seal the deal on a trade. I just wasn’t prepared to lose Patric Hornqvist.

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Yes, getting James Neal from Pittsburgh is a big freaking deal. I’m happy that our scoring chances will dramatically improve with him on the roster.  And, once I stop drowning my sorrow in wine, I’ll be able to be happy for Patric, too. It might take a while, though.

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, it’s like breaking up with your first boyfriend. You know the one – he was adorable, he was a tough guy but could still make you laugh, and was like…totally on the varsity team.

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Patric’s job night after night, was to stand in front of Shea Weber’s slapshot. On purpose. He constantly chirps the other team, fights for the puck even if he’s on his knees, and regularly gets punched in the face or shoved to the ice. The guy is probably one of the most annoying, yet dynamic players on the ice.

He doesn’t even need a helmet!
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His goal celebrations are glorious.
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And Lord, those blue eye and that smile!
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I once had the great pleasure of talking to Barry Trotz at-length about hockey, and when I said Patric was my favorite player, he simply said, “He’s the best in the business.” So true. I have worn my signed #27 jersey with pride, and (sob) will continue to wear it even though it’s now nostalgic (sniffle).

When he signed my jersey, he asked how big I wanted it, and I nearly fainted before I realized that he was talking about his signature.
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I can’t even begin to imagine how Patric is feeling. Probably a mixture of excitement and sadness at leaving his best buddy, Pekka. Those dudes have a bromance for the ages.
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So, good luck in Pittsburgh, Patric. I’ll miss your offense:

I’ll miss your defense:

And I sure will miss those stretchy pants. 🙂
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