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Nashville mayor pens letter excusing Predators fans late for work

Megan Barry absolves those celebrating Nashville's victory against Penguins in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final @NHLdotcom

Nashville mayor Megan Barry has you covered if you're an area resident tired from celebrating the Nashville Predators' 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Barry wrote a letter excusing those supporting Nashville's victory for showing up an hour or two late for work Tuesday.

Tweet from @MayorMeganBarry: What a great game so far. Keep showing your @PredsNHL Pride, we've got you covered for tomorrow! #PredsPride #StandWithUs

"(Blank) was merely performing their civic duty by staying up late to watch our Nashville Predators take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final," Barry's letter said. "I would be disappointed if you were not doing the same."

It only seems natural that Predators fans are a little tired after celebrating the Cup Final's inaugural trip to Nashville and "Preds Pride Day" on Monday. Barry proclaimed a civic holiday across Nashville, enabling her staff and the city's workers to wear their Predators gear ahead of Game 4.

Tweet from @MayorMeganBarry: Mayor's Office staff and interns showing off our #PredsPride and #catfish

She even relinquished her mayoral duties for the day, naming Predators forward Ryan Johansen honorary mayor.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 and shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports), which means Predators fans might have to find their own excuse for showing up late for work Friday.

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