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Ay-Oh! Wings Blow!

On a cold, rainy night in Nashville… the Red Wings were in town again.

Walking in, on a three-game win streak, playing as well as we have, I had doubts.  As always, reality sets in when a machine like Detroit rolls into the Sommet.  Memories of Detroit’s power play breakdown of Dan Ellis, their ability to move the puck, the list of hall-of-famers they have… is something to stand in awe of.

Noting that, I sit in Section 303, The Cell Block.  And come game time, nobody comes into our house and pushes us around.

This was waiting for the Cell Block as they arrived last night.

Flyer for Cell Block 303 before Red Wings

Flyer for Cell Block 303 before Red Wings

If you can’t read the newspaper article in the picture, don’t worry, it’s here.

I felt a buzz in the arena that usually accompanies playoff time, the buzz that something was going to happen, someone was going to break loose.

And here’s what follows:

The Predators scored five goals in a 6:00 span of the first period to break open the game, including the first two goals 29-seconds apart.

Nashville’s five goal first period…
…represented the team’s highest scoring period of the season and the highest scoring period since a five goal burst at Chicago on Jan. 5, 2007.
…tied the second-highest scoring period in team history (record is six goals in a period set Dec. 17, 2005 in the second period vs. Columbus)

Nashville’s eight goal outburst…
…marked the team’s highest scoring game of the season.
…is the most goals the Preds have ever scored in a shutout win, besting the 7-0 shutout last season vs. Los Angeles.
…led to the largest margin of victory in team history. The previous mark had been a seven-goal margin set twice before.
…is the third-highest scoring out-put in team history behind a pair of nine goal games.
…is the most goals scored by either team in the Nashville/Detroit rivalry. Each team had put up six goals in a game multiple times before.

–Courtesy of Jay Levin,


Arnott – Hat Trick.
Pekka – 30 save shutout.
Shea Weber – Gordie Howe Hat Trick (Goal, Assist, 5 min. fighting major)
Dumont and Sullivan – each with 3 assists.
Ward and Koistenen – Goal and Assist.
Legwand and Philstrom – One goal each
Also, a special shout out to Cal O’Reilly with a point in his first NHL game!

Your Nashville Predators defeat the Detroit Red Wings 8-0.
From my empty Frosty cup to yours, good night.


  1. PredsOnTheGlass

    March 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Great to see the 303 site revived. I was a day one 303 ticket holder that is slumming in 301 rows B and C. I made the move to the lower row when they opened up the section for season tix but our hearts still lie in 303. Thanks for the link on your site for keep up the good work. You are added to my reader and I added your feed to POTG.

  2. James

    March 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I was at that game sitting in the 302 section. I was with a red wings fan who said he’d never seen a more passive stadium. Maybe he was just mad about the 8-0 stomping, but I agree that it was not as loudas it usually was. Next time we play the Dead Things, we gotta be on our feet THE WHOLE GAME! The Preds give their all. We’re expected to do the same.

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