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Mid-State Catches Preds Fever During Playoff Run

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By Heather Graf

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of fans packed into Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night as the Predators looked for their second win against the Vancouver Canucks.

"Oh, this is big," said Keely Kiplinger, a season ticketholder. "This is history. It's great!"

This year marks the first time the Nashville Predators have made it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's a feat that has not gone unnoticed. Their fan base is growing by the day.

"We love the outpouring of support with the playoffs, but I hope it continues the rest of the year, and every year, because this is a great spectator sport," said Jennifer Burke.

Among the crowd, we met an Alabama family who survived the tornadoes that ravaged that state. The family is still without power, but they decided to make the trip to Nashville to cheer on the Predators.

"Well we didn't have any power, and we aren't the biggest fans of cold showers, so we thought we'd come up here and relax a little, try and get away from it," said fourteen-year-old Michael Hughes.

His mother said the game came at the perfect time.

"He said we have to go because this is a really big deal," said Sandee Hughes. "We're going to watch them win too, so it's going to be great."

Tuesday's game was game three of the seven game series against Vancouver. 

Ryan Kesler scored his second power-play goal at 10:45 of overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 and grabbed a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.

E-mail: hgraf@newschannel5.com

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