The Predators turned away the ghosts and demons of their past to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings from the NHL playoffs.
Nashville made it happen in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Friday night at sold-out Bridgestone Arena, capturing a 2-1 win and clinching the best-of-seven series 4-1.
It was the first time Nashville eliminated Detroit, a Central Division rival, one of the NHL’s storied franchises and owner of 11 Stanley Cups.
“We feel like we used to look up at Detroit because of a feeling we were a little bit inferior … or being in awe of them,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “I think we’ve grown to the point where we have great respect for the Detroit Red Wings, but we’re not in awe of them.”