There is possibility, even in defeat. There is possibility, even after getting to the Stanley Cup Final and losing the first two games, putting a team and a city on the brink of a series that's over before it really gets started. That is where we find the Nashville Predators at the start of the fourth episode of Showtime Sports' "All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup," which debuts Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
But these Predators were not cowed. They were not intimidated. And they had the whole city of Nashville behind them.
Oh, and a prediction from defenseman P.K. Subban, never shy when it comes to cameras or pronouncements: "We're going to win the next game, and there's not one ounce of doubt in this locker room," he said.
And they did.
The next one after that too.
The message was clear, for the Predators and for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as Bill Camp lays out in his narration, "It might seem harsh, but in this sport, this time of year, to come this close and not come away with the stated goal, is simply unacceptable."
It is easy to see that sentiment, in the dressing rooms of the Predators and Penguins, in the interactions with their family and friends and communities, as the teams close in on the end of a season and, for one of them, a dream.
But, first, before either team gets there, there are two games in Nashville ahead, the first two Stanley Cup Final games in the city's history and perhaps the biggest sporting event ever held in Nashville.
The streets are packed. The music is rocking. The players are ready.
It is, as country star Alan Jackson croons, "Time for a good time."
For one team, at least, that's exactly what happens.