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Carrie Underwood anthem status for Predators remains mystery

Nashville captain Mike Fisher, husband of country singer, remains mum prior to Game 4 against Blackhawks

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

NASHVILLE -- Mike Fisher knew Carrie Underwood would sing the national anthem prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Somehow, the Predators captain and husband of the country singer, was able to keep it a secret from almost everybody else.

"I didn't tell too many people," Fisher said.

Nashville can close the series with a victory in Game 4 here on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-TN, CSN-CH), but the Predators have not announced who will sing the anthem. Could Underwood return for the potential series-clinching game?

"If I told you, I would have to kill you," Fisher said with a laugh.

Video: CHI@NSH, Gm3: Carrie Underwood sings national anthem

Underwood married Fisher in 2010, two years after they met at one of her concerts. She has been to many Predators games but had never performed the anthem at one prior to Game 3.

The surprise was palpable on the Predators bench and in the stands when Underwood walked onto the red carpet with the color guard and started singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Predators started slowly after the anthem, falling behind 2-0, but rallied to win 3-2 in overtime.

"It was fun," Fisher said. "It was a cool moment. It got all the guys fired up. The crowd was amazing. It was awesome."

Forward Harry Zolnierczyk said it was the perfect start to the first home game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs for Nashville, which won the first two games of the best-of-7 series at United Center in Chicago.

"Obviously, you are just overwhelmed by the entire energy of everything," Zolnierczyk said. "Carrie comes out with the surprise and the place was going nuts. It was all one big, kind of crazy moment. It was a lot of fun. It was great to see the fans into it."

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