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Praise Rains Down on Preds Fans Following Game Four

Country Music Stars Descend on Smashville as Predators Fans Receive High Praise for Unique Atmosphere

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The anticipation of a second Stanley Cup Final game in Nashville was hard enough to bear, but with the Predators presented the opportunity of tying the series with a win, the pressure was far too much.

Injured Preds forward Ryan Johansen was named the city's honorary mayor by Mayor Megan Barry earlier in the day, as the hours ticked down until puck drop. There were also songs written, and astronauts saluting the team from space, of course.

Plus, P.K. Subban's breath was the center of attention for a couple more tweets.

Tweet from @MayorMeganBarry: Please welcome Predators center @RyanJohansen19, our Honorary Mayor for today! #PredsPride

Tweet from @astro_tim: @PredsNHL on top of the world -- keep it up!! #Smashville

Tweet from @Listerine: We don���t know who is going to win, but we do know @PKSubban1 breath is going to be on point for game 4.

Tweet from @Sportsnet: #GottaSeeIt: @PKSubban1 arrived at Bridgestone Arena with a bag FULL of mouthwash. Sidney Crosby can breathe easy now.

Tweet from @CliffRonning7: Predator fans are ROCKIN tonight ��#Smashville #PredsAlumni

Tweet from @KeithUrban: ALRIGHT PREDS ---- LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! - KU #StandWithUs #Smashville ���� #StanleyCup #PITvsNSH

Tweet from @StevenCurtis: PREDS fever has hit the Chapman house! I put a twist on a familiar song for this one I'm calling "Cheering for the Predators!" #StandWithUs

Tweet from @johnrich: Let's go #Predators !! #Smashville #Preds

"The Great One" was in the house to catch his first taste of Stanley Cup Playoffs action in Nashville and several fellow celebs couldn't let the photo opportunity pass them by.

Tweet from @ryansuccop: The Great One said he's pulling for the preds too! #GoPreds #StanleyCupFinals2017 @PredsNHL @Titans

Tweet from @carrieunderwood: And then this happened... #Smashville @OfficialGretzky

Tweet from @darenmillard: if you were at your first hockey game in @PredsNHL i truly believe the TV timeouts would convince you that was the most important part. Wild

Tweet from @BradyTrett: The Finnish broadcast call of Pekka Rinne's diving save in Game 4 is awesome

Tweet from @benrector: Me and the Penguins coach are best buds now. JK he seemed pretty stressed the whole game. LET'S DO THIS PREDS.

A two-goal second period, and perhaps Pekka Rinne's most dominant performance of the postseason led Nashville to a 4-1 victory and a Stanley Cup Final all square at two games apiece.

Tweet from @CharlieDaniels: Congratulations Nashville Predators for winning 2in a row!!!!!

Tweet from @mconley11: Tied up! Let's go @PredsNHL ��

Tweet from @AdoreeKnows: Series Tied 2-2. THE CITY LIT ���� @PredsNHL

Tweet from @carrieunderwood: The Fisher ladies...good gracious, I'm short! �� #Smashville #PredsWin

Tweet from @PKSubban1: My man @CharlesBarkIey ! Welcome to #Smashville ��������

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: .@carrieunderwood & co. sing Happy Birthday to @mikefisher1212! ����

From there, the praise of Preds' fans rained down. More and more and more.

Remember, it's only bragging if you don't act surprised when you hear the compliment.

Tweet from @strombone1: If I don't get one of these " it's all your fault " chants in Nashville next season I'll be super upset

Tweet from @CarloColaiacovo: Wouldn't it be great if hockey fans all over the world can take a page out of @PredsNHL book &create there own type of ingame entertainment

Tweet from @BrandtSnedeker: Been apart of some pretty cool things, but never seen anything like this @PredsNHL team.. They are #Smashville !! #wewantthecup

Tweet from @Dave_Stubbs: Sustained roar here during a TV timeout is unreal, probably as loud as when @PredsNHL score a goal. It makes no sense & it's fabulous

Tweet from @DaleEArnold: What's happening for @PredsNHL --- and more specifically, what's happening in #Smashville --- is exactly what @NHL needs. This is good.

Tweet from @ryanellisracing: Not that this ever matters, but these @PredsNHL fans are killing it. So loud, great enthusiasm. They deserve it.#StanleyCup

Tweet from @wyshynski: I'm getting really tired of hearing about Nashville's fans having suddenly shown up when this is the culmination of several years of support

Tweet from @NBCSportsPR: With a 28.0 local rating in Nashville, Game 4 was highest-rated Predators game EVER on networks of NBC, ahead of SCF Game 1 on NBC (22.5)

Lastly, some more of our favorite photos and video from the evening.



Video: Johansen named honorary major; GT-R donated

Video: Barkley shares why he loves Nashville, hockey

Video: PIT@NSH, Gm4: Gaudreau converts on a wraparound

Video: PIT@NSH, Gm4: Arvidsson finishes Fisher's setup

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