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Top 15 moments of the 2010-11 Preds season: #2

This is a multi-part series where we countdown our Top 15 moments of the Nashville Predators’ 2010-11 season.

David Legwand. The first ever draft pick by the Nashville Predators franchise. That was way back in 1998. Since that fateful day, “Leggy’s” gone onto post franchise records in every major offensive statistical category (games played, goals, assists and points). He’s also developed into more of a shutdown center as opposed to an offensive threat like Vincent Lecavalier who was taken one pick before him. Being the team’s shutdown center, he’s on the ice in the closing moments of Preds wins more often than not. After all, his job is to prevent the other team from scoring, right?

So while Legwand has gotten the reputation of “only scoring empty netters” (four of his last nine goals in the regular season came without a goalie tending the nets), the reality is that he was out there because that was his job. In short, he benefited from circumstance.

So when the Predators led the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in the final minute of regulation in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Legwand went to work. Not only did he shut down Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and the rest of the Ducks but he also scored on the empty net to make it 4-2 and ensure that the team who drafted him way back in 1998 advanced to the second round for the first time.

More than the goal though, it was the realization that a Western Conference Semifinal series would actually be played in Music City. It had never happened in the 13 year history of the organization. Many instances of “could’ve” “would’ve” and “should’ve” but never any “did’s.” With Legwand’s goal, jubilation was had, tears were shed and, of course, history was made.

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