Predators, Carrie Underwood and fans celebrate shocking Round 1 upset

Watch as the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks shake hands after four games.

When the NHL season started off in October, the Nashville Predators were a fairly popular Stanley Cup Final pick. But after a bumpy ride during the regular season resulted in the Preds landing the final wild card berth in the West and a date with arch-nemesis Chicago, the conference’s top seed, in Round 1, the championship sentiment around the team generally soured.

A lot of people who picked them in the pre-season didn’t feel so confident with an opening series against the NHL’s version of a modern dynasty.

But the Hawks managed just three goals in four games as the Predators became the first eight seed to sweep a one seed in the opening round of the playoffs — and they finished it off with a decisive 4-1 win in Game 4.

After so many wrote off the Predators in the playoffs, the team and its supporters relished the victory with some good old-fashioned online payback.