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Urban Performs First National Anthem; Titans Rally Preds' Fans

Keith Urban Performs First National Anthem, Tennessee Titans Rally Crowd and Fellow Celebrities Share Preds Love on Twitter

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Keith Urban sings national anthem

ANA@NSH, Gm3: Keith Urban, Titans pump up the crowd

WCF, Gm3: Keith Urban performs the national anthem while Marcus Mariota and the Titans offensive line fire up the crowd prior to Game 3

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"It shouldn't be possible, but [the fans] proved us wrong a lot of times. They can be even louder."

The challenge was issued by Predators winger Filip Forsberg upon landing in Nashville, roughly 24 hours before Game Three, the first conference final contest ever hosted at Bridgestone Arena.

We'll let you be the judge, but for those of us that were there: mission accomplished.

It seems like a collective breath is taken by everyone within Smashville in the moments leading up to the opening faceoff. One, because of the upcoming intensity within the game; two, due to the wonderment at which stars will be the next surprise guests to sing the national anthem and rally the crowd.

Well, let's just the fans were not the only ones who elevated their game on Tuesday night.

Country music superstar Keith Urban performed the national anthem (video above) and then later revealed in a touching video on Twitter that it was the first time in a quarter century of living in the United States that he'd been asked to sing the anthem of his new home country.

"I've lived in a America for 25 years, and I've never been asked to sing the national anthem until tonight," Urban, a New Zealand-born Australian-American, said in the video. "So it's a huge honor. Thank you, Preds, for asking me. Go Preds!"

Tweet from @KeithUrban: Go #Preds!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ljifWPjVQy

As Urban left the ice, attention turned to the Ford Band Stage where the Tennessee Titans offensive line and quarterback in Marcus Mariota hyped up the crowd. Let's just say there was towel waving and a giant catfish, among other shenanigans.

Tweet from @espn: The Preds took a 2-1 series lead ��� and Titans lineman Taylor Lewan brought the catfish.[Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports] pic.twitter.com/jFKRzjkq1d

Tweet from @TaylorLewan77: HUGE WIN for the @PredsNHL so awesome to be apart of it with the Oline boys Marcus and the beautiful @Taylingallacher #NoBadDays

That was all in the first few minutes after the clock struck 7 p.m. (CT). Then the game got underway:

Tweet from @carrieunderwood: The energy in this building is incredible! @PredsNHL #NSHvsANA

Tweet from @kelly_clarkson: After work it's the after party! ������ @PredsNHL #ANAvsNSH pic.twitter.com/1Y6VbwlnbW

Tweet from @RusevBUL: Sorry #SmackDownLIVE I had to make the @PredsNHL game. See you when I see you.

Tweet from @Jason_Aldean: Go Preds!!! #smashville @PredsNHL pic.twitter.com/M3hcNU39vh

Tweet from @WBrettWilson: Amazing energy in Smashville#GoPredsGo @PredsNHL pic.twitter.com/G0gZVIz3MW

Tweet from @DierksBentley: Little sick, resting my voice. but cass and I got our three best players (cheerers) with us tonight to do all the ��� https://t.co/afv9Gyu2Or pic.twitter.com/d9gnbDHrtA

Several more celebrities took to Twitter to share their excitement during the Preds come back in the third period.

Tweet from @KeithUrban: #Titans Offense!!! pic.twitter.com/XD4iuiCxkw

Tweet from @ToddFuhrman: Props to the people of Nashville; they've created an electric environment for the @PredsNHL. Can only hope the @GoldenKnights can duplicate

Tweet from @TheEricYoung: @PredsNHL #Smashville LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!

Tweet from @ChaseRiceMusic: Kip & I all in on the playoff hockey beards. pic.twitter.com/ifUoW6ejAb

Tweet from @RealJeffJarrett: #Smashville is super loud! Let's. Go. @PredsNHL !

Roman Josi's shot found twine with 2:43 remaining in regulation to give their Predators their 10th consecutive home playoff win. More importantly, it gave Nashville a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference Final series with the Ducks.

Tweet from @algore: Big @PredsNHL win tonight! #StandWithUs #ANAvsNSH

Tweet from @MichaelRoos: What a game by @PredsNHL!! So much fun to watch #StandWithUs #GoPreds

Tweet from @J_Cyprien: Best @PredsNHL game I witnessed thus far. Continue to set the bar for us fellas. #NHLPLAYOFFS

Tweet from @KirkHerbstreit: Congrats @PredsNHL on a HUGE Game 3 win!! Bridgestone once again looked electric. Pumped for this team, city, and their loyal fanbase!! https://t.co/fiqtz7pR6b

Tweet from @andylassner: Big win @PredsNHL.

Tweet from @AdoreeKnows: Great win tonight by the @PredsNHL #standwithus

Tweet from @BrandtSnedeker: What a win!!! #Smashville was rocking in the 3rd!!! 1 game closer to where we want to be @PredsNHL #StanleyCup

Tweet from @RusevBUL: Gooooallllll Josi .....The Swiss SuperHockeyMan at it again! #ANAvsNSH #Preds

Tweet from @jparencibia9: Moose, Bear and myself fired up about the @PredsNHL win!!!!!! #PeskyPreds @mikefisher1212 @jneal_18 pic.twitter.com/9rrLp56U25

Tweet from @benrector: Preds looked fierce! Anaheim looked dirty.

Tweet from @LZZYHALE: Yea! Congrats guys! @PredsNHL #GoPreds #SMASHVILLE https://t.co/lhGkXoq7aj

Not all the fun was contained within the walls of Bridgestone Arena, however. Thousands of Preds fans converged on the plaza and at the nearby Walk of Fame Park to celebrate.

Tweet from @PredsOnFSTN: We also saw all the #Preds fans packing the Walk of Fame park! pic.twitter.com/DgFbyTBDOm

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