Tuesday night was a sad night for the Edmonton Oilers, but luckily it was Taco Time in Tennessee, at least for the Nashville Predators. After a fierce man-on-puck game, the Predators gained a 5-4 victory over the Canadian team, which added to the Predator’s hot streak and served the spectators free tacos. The crowd roared with thrill as the puck danced like a watermelon seed across the ice and the players combated each other with their sticks. From the press box, I remained unbiased, so when the other fans cheered as Dumont scored Tuesday night’s game-winning goal, I contained my excitement and gently tapped my foot instead. From the fog horns to the flashing lights, the Sommet Center was filled with athletic enthusiasm. From the altitude of my seat, I thought about the players’ demanding lifestyles. Eating, sleeping, and breathing hockey is the way of life for most of these professionals. However, the intense year-round training and unconditional works hours do not even begin to defeat the love of sport for these players. What’s more, the Predators’ fans love hockey just as much as the players, and their energetic fervor often translates as just the right kind of gusto that the players need to stay motivated.