The Nashville Predators beat the Capitals 6-3 in Washington earlier today, ending a six game losing streak and ending 2018 on a high note. It was a huge win for the Preds, but somehow it was upstaged by the real show taking place in the stands of Capital One Arena.
Gathering for the first ever “Moms trip” for the team (the team has routinely hosted “Dads trips”), the Predators players and coaches moms were in attendance at Capital One Arena. And they did not disappoint.
First, Rocco Grimaldi’s mom teared up after her son scored to get the Preds on the board.
Grimaldi’s goal made the score 2-1. His mom was obviously quite pleased.
Then, after Washington went up 3-1 in the 2nd period, it was Miikka Salomaki’s mom’s turn to celebrate.
That’s Salomaki’s mom celebrating with Pekka Rinne’s mom after Saloamaki’s goal got the Preds within one.
With the score at 3-2 Capitals, Ryan Johansen won an offensive zone faceoff, went to the front of the net, and tied the game with 8:01 left in the 2nd.
That prompted this celebration from Johansen’s mom Roz.
Yep, that’s right. Johansen’s mom calls him by his hockey nickname “Joey.”
A couple minutes later Frederick Gaudreau gave the Preds a 4-3 lead on a nice reaction in front of Braden Holtby. And his mom was all smiles.
But they weren’t done yet.
The Preds continued to take out some frustration on the Capitals, putting two more goals on them in the 3rd period. The first one followed a nice transition play by Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen. With a perfect angle to shoot, Ryan Ellis fired a wrist shot by Holtby to give the Preds a 5-3 lead.
This led to a victory lap by Roz Johansen, who was feeling a win on the horizon.
Then later, with the Preds on a full two-minute, two-man advantage, Viktor Arvidsson got his first goal since returning from injury. Johansen had a wonderful no-look pass to find Arvidsson wide open in the circle.
This pass by Johansen is something else.
The #Preds took out some frustration on the Caps today.
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That would wrap up the hockey game, with the Preds ending their 10-game road losing streak. But, of course, the MVP of today was still the moms.
One last celebration to put a victory stamp on this one?
No word on if the Predators are going to start including the moms on the team payroll.
— GIFs courtesy of Fox Sports Tennessee. Featured image via Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports —