Here’s How Country Music Stars Reacted to Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup Loss
“Preds Pride” was on full display after tough loss at the Finals.
It’s a challenge to win with grace and lose with dignity, but when the Nashville Predators suffered a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Sunday, they rose to the occasion.
Once the game-winning goal was scored by the Penguins in the third period, the Predators, in true Southern fashion, found time to show respect post-game, shaking hands with their opponents on the ice while simultaneously restoring a sense of pride in Nashville or, what is known to local fans as, "Smashville."
Throughout the season and playoffs, we saw country music collide with hockey this season, showcasing some of our favorite stars singing the national anthem, including Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, and Carrie Underwood. So, of course, Music City’s finest took to Twitter and Instagram to show just how we handle loss in the South: with warmth, grace, and a little bit of sass and snark. Because down here, our hospitality always comes through—even in defeat and when we don’t bring home the coveted trophy.
Dierks Bentley had a few choice words for the referees:
Along with Eric Paslay:
Luke Bryan, who kicked things off on the rooftop last night, tweeted this:
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were officially on Team Pride, just before Hill belted out the anthem:
Resident Predators fan Trisha Yearwood kept it classy:
After hopping off stage at the Carolina Country Music Fest, Chris Young offered his congratulations:
As reported by The Tennessean, Keith Urban even took time during his set at the CMA fest to address festival-goers and the hometown hockey team:
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And lastly, to sum up all our feelings, the Preds and Metro Nashville Police Department had this to say when the Penguins clinched the Cup: