Nashville Predators left wing Harry Zolnierczyk will be keeping his own blog throughout the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Zolnierczyk will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
Zolnierczyk, 29, is in his first season with the Predators. He split the season between Nashville and Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. In 24 regular-season NHL games, he had two goals and two assists. He has played in eight 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff games and has a goal and an assist. He broke into the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12 and has played for the Penguins, New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks.
In his latest entry, Zolnierczyk revisits the 5-1 victory in Game 3 on Saturday and talks a bit about the city of Nashville and his off-day routine.
NASHVILLE -- The beautiful part about Nashville is the options you have when you are looking to go out for a bite to eat or to hang out.
There's a bunch of us that like settling up at Bar Taco on 12 South. It's a great spot there. They have a nice patio and you can sit out there and enjoy the afternoon and enjoy the sun. If you have a day off, it's a great spot for a margarita. They have great margaritas.
We also go to Burger Up. That's a big spot for us to head after practice.
As we have had some success, it has changed a little bit. More people recognize you. I don't think there is anywhere you can go now without somebody coming up to you and wishing you good luck or congratulating you on the last game or just saying thank you. It's just another example of how passionate these fans are; they just truly love being a part of it. It's not where it is bothersome; it's more that you can tell that you are bringing excitement to the people who support the team, and we love that.
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I haven't had that much of a chance to visit many of the tourist spots here in the city as I have been pretty focused on hockey since I got the call to come up. Thank god my wife, Julianne, has been here with me. She takes care of all that when we get visitors. She does a great job with that, honestly. I tell people to go through her if they are looking to book flights or looking for places to stay and places to eat.
Our family is here and we will look to relax a bit today and grab a bite for lunch and then I can tag up with everybody and then I can get away and start resetting myself for Game 4.
I think I'm going to have to look to explore some of the country music stuff in the city when the season is over or during the summer. It's been all business since I have come up, but I know the city has a lot of cool things to offer.
I'm a big country music guy, so all the people that they have brought in to sing, including Martina McBride before Game 3, have been cool to see. I haven't met any of them yet, but just to know they are here and to see them singing the anthem, it's crazy.
Hank Williams Jr., being here for Game 3 as the Seventh Man; that was crazy. Everyone was saying the same thing: That's crazy. It's hard to say we are surprised though because Nashville keeps one-upping themselves with each move they make. Each time it is something bigger and better and this city is just electric right now.
It was amazing when I got home Saturday night and turned the news on and saw what had happened around Bridgestone. There were so many people outside. When we got in here today, all the guys were talking about it in the room. Everybody was saying, "Did you see that? Can you imagine that? Can you believe that happened?" It's wild. It's something I don't think the NHL has ever seen. But at the end of the day, it was just Game 3. As much as everyone enjoyed it and as much as the fans are loving the ride and as much as we appreciate the support, we know we have to turn the page.
Our focus has to shift to Game 4 and we can't get wrapped up in all the excitement that is going on outside the rink. We have to make sure we are focused and ready to deliver another performance.