By Cara Bahniuk
The Nashville Predators, and in particular, Mike Fisher, got a special surprise Monday night before Game Three of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. Carrie Underwood, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, performed the national anthem.
And she nailed it.
Underwood wore a number twelve Mike Fisher jersey in tribute to her husband.
In the opening two games of the series, Nashville shut out the Blackhawks, outscoring them 6-0. That inspired Fox Sport’s Pete Blackburn to publish this brilliant tweet.
As if the Predators weren’t already murdering the Blackhawks enough pic.twitter.com/1RPk3wdWSO
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 18, 2017
Last week, Fisher opened up in an article to the The Players’ Tribune, admitting that he was initially “crushed” to be traded to the Predators after more than a decade of playing for the Ottawa Senators. Then the owner called him and said something Fisher would never forget.
When I was packing up my stuff to go to the airport, I got a call from Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Senators. He thanked me for my time in Ottawa, and then he said something I will never, never forget.
He said, “You know Fish, I just wanted you to be with your wife.”
When trade talks had heated up, a few teams had been interested in me, but Eugene and [GM] Bryan [Murray] agreed to make sure that my destination would be Nashville. They could have traded me anywhere, but they were genuinely looking out for me and my family. That’s what makes hockey such a special sport, even at the NHL level. Yes, it’s a business, but the amount of good human beings I’ve run across in this sport is just incredible.
The couple had tied the knot less than one year earlier.
As for the game, Underwood’s rendition proved to be good luck for the Preds as they came back from a two-goal deficit and won in overtime.
#Smashville has completely gone crazy!!!! 3-0 baby!!! One more! @predsnhl
A post shared by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on
Underwood was pumped.
This @PredsNHL crowd is INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 18, 2017
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