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Predators begin Stanley Cup playoff party as Rascal Flatts sings anthem

Well-known country band performs 'Star-Spangled Banner' before Game 1 vs. Avalanche @NHLdotcom

Rascal Flatts performs the anthem

COL@NSH, Gm1: Rascal Flatts sings the national anthem

R1, Gm1: Country music group Rascal Flatts performs the national anthem prior to Game 1 as the Predators take on the Avalanche

  • 02:37 •

The Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup Playoff tradition continues.

Country-music band Rascal Flatts performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 of the Predators Western Conference First Round series against Colorado Avalanche, continuing the popular trend from last season's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

In 2017, Nashville created a hockey and cultural phenomenon by having a different country star sing the anthem for each of its 11 playoff games at Bridgestone Arena.

And, just as last year, there was a big pregame party.

Tweet from @PredsNHL: The #Preds Party at #MusicCityWalkofFame Park is excited after that period! #COLvsNSH

The anthem capped an elaborate pregame introduction, which included a pregame hype video projected on a screen that dropped from the ceiling.

Rascal Flatts also wasn't the only country band at Bridgestone, as LoCash played the role of house band, performing at intermissions.

Tweet from @PredsNHL: .@LOCASHmusic rocking the @Ford Band Stage during intermission in #Smashville!#COLvsNSH | #StandWithUs

Rascal Flatts has sold more than 23 million albums and is the most awarded country group of the past decade.

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