Top 15 moments of the Preds 2010-11 season: #4
- Updated: June 4, 2011
This is a multi-part series where we countdown our Top 15 moments of the Nashville Predators’ 2010-11 season.
#4 :: MATT HALISCHUK BECOMES UNLIKELY HERO WITH HIS DOUBLE OT WINNER VS. VANCOUVER
When captain Jason Arnott was traded to the New Jersey Devils last summer, the Nashville Predators were just happy to move him. Not only did he have a $4.5 million contract but he also had a no move clause. So when the Devils tossed the Preds a second round pick in this years draft for Arnott, they also threw in a guy named Matt Halischuk.
That “throw in” would go onto become a hero in Music City.
On April 30, the Predators were in the second round for the first time in their franchise history. They were playing in the longest game in franchise history. And they were about to win a double overtime game for the first time in franchise history.
With goaltender Pekka Rinne writing a commercial at one end of the ice, he bought enough time for Nashville to find a way to steal Game 2 from the Vancouver Canucks and tie the series heading back to Music City. Little did anyone know, it would be Halischuk who would get the game winner after 94:51 of hockey and send Predators fans everywhere jumping for joy at midnight Central time.
EDITOR’S NOTE: You could certainly argue that this could be higher on the list. But, since the Predators didn’t win the series, I honestly felt like the #4 slot was an appropriate place for it.