After 11 seasons and 803 games as a Pred, David Legwand, and Nashville, have a playoff series win to celebrate. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
By Stu Hackel
There is no other championship tournament in sports that each year and each night contains the twists, turns, drama and unpredictability of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It’s that simple and there can be no argument — especially from anyone who has watched the competition during the last week or so. It should be obvious that winning a single game demands an abundance of energy, discipline, character, talent and luck.
So winning just one series requires those qualities in unimaginable quantities. And no franchise knows that better than the Nashville Predators.
Today, the Predators stand as the third team this spring to move on to the second round. On their website, they are finally able to say, for the first time in their history, “Round 2 Playoff Tickets On Sale Now.” And they’ve gotten the ultimate validation: their own official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs promotional spots.