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Predators fans calm country star Morris by singing along during anthem

Singer was nervous before crowd at Bridgestone Arena helped her out @NHLdotcom

Maren Morris sings the anthem

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R1, Gm5: Grammy Award-winning artist Maren Morris sings the national anthem before the Predators take on the Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena

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The Bridgestone Arena crowd is known to intimidate road players, but for Maren Morris, Predators fans were a calming influence on Friday.

The country star was soothed while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche when she got some backup from the stands.

"I started a little nervous. You can't help but be a little nervous when it's the playoffs," Morris told FOX Sports Tennessee. "Being here and singing the anthem for the first time is such an honor, and I think once I heard the crowd singing along, that's when I chilled out and just sang the song."

Morris, the 2016 CMA Award winner for best new artist, wore a personalized Predators jersey during her soulful performance. She tweeted her exuberance at the opportunity.

Tweet from @MarenMorris: GO PREDS! Honored to sing the national anthem during the playoffs! ������

Morris was the third country singer to perform before a Predators playoff game this year, with Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley singing the anthems before Games 1 and 2, and the 14th in the past two years. She's seen first-hand how the Predators past two playoff runs, fueled by the anthem tradition and incredible crowds, have united Nashville.

"This is such a fun time to live in this city," Morris said. "It really has ignited our town. It's fun to be a part of."

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