The Pittsburgh Penguins may be in the Stanley Cup Final, but penguins in Tennessee are rooting for the Nashville Predators in the championship-round series.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga decked out its penguin exhibit with Predators pucks, and its penguin trainers donned Nashville jerseys to remove any doubt whether the birds or their handlers would be rooting for Pittsburgh in the Cup Final.
"We do realize the irony that we have penguins, and the Predators are playing the Penguins, but we do want to root for our local team," Tennessee Aquarium penguin trainer Holly Gibson told WKRN in Nashville. "So we're going to support the Predators, and our own penguins are secret Predators fans, I think."
The aquarium is particularly supportive because Nashville has reached the Cup Final for the first time since joining the NHL in 1997-98.
The Penguins won Game 1 of the Cup Final on Monday. With the backing of the birds, Nashville will seek its first Final win in franchise history in Game 2 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).