The last time Vernon Fiddler scored a goal for the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the world was a very different place. But his latest couldn't have come at a better time.
Fiddler, who beat St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen for the game-winner in Game 1 of their series on Wednesday night, is in his second stint in Nashville. He played for the Predators from 2002-03, his rookie year, until 2008-09. His previous goal came in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks as the Predators were eliminated in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round on April 20, 2007.
After spending time with the Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, Fiddler was traded back to the Predators on Feb. 4. His game-winning goal was even cause for a throwback celebration, a la Steve Sullivan.
Here's a look at what was going on in the world during Fiddler's last playoff goal for the Predators:
- Carrie Underwood was named Best New Artist at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Underwood, who married then-Ottawa Senator, now Predators captain Mike Fisher three years later, cleaned up at the show, winning Best Female Country Vocalist and Best Country Song for "Jesus Take the Wheel."
- The show Underwood became famous on, "American Idol" was the No. 1 television show.
- Also in television, Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as the host of "The Price is Right" while a brand new reality show called "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" launched on the E! Network.
- "The Sopranos" aired its ambiguous last episode on HBO in what was perhaps the most debated series finale of all time.
- Pop star Britney Spears caused a tabloid stir by shaving her head while the Internet went wild over a video entitled "Charlie Bit My Finger."
- "The Departed" won the Oscar for Best Picture while Martin Scorcese finally won the "Best Director" Oscar that eluded him for his entire career.
- "Spider-Man 3" was the highest grossing movie of the year ($336 million).
- J.K. Rowling published the final book of the wildly-popular Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
- Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" ruled the Billboard charts. Miley Cyrus was still touring as "Hannah Montana" off the popular Disney Channel show.
- The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,600,000 (compared to $5,002,000 in 2017) and that year's slate of commercials included a spot for Blockbuster Video.
- Somehow the microwave-television-DVD player combo, which debuted in 2007, didn't end up in every household in America (perhaps the $680 price tag?). Also in revolutionary tech news, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the company's newest device, the iPhone, during his Macworld keynote address.