Regardless of your opinion on NHL franchises in Sun Belt cities, you have to feel some sympathy for fans of the Nashville Predators.

The Preds have never won a playoff series and have been in financial peril for years.

While not as plentiful as hockey fans in traditional markets, there are some long-suffering Preds fans. Last night, Mike Fisher’s goal with 9:39 left in regulation gave those supporters some hope of a first-ever playoff-series triumph.

For his efforts, Fisher is’s Star of the Night.

The Preds prevailed 4-3 over Anaheim in last night’s Game 3. They now lead the series 2-1.

Honorable mention: Brandon Dubinsky (1-1-2, GWG with 1:39 left) of the New York Rangers; Teemu Selanne (2 goals) of Anaheim; Mikael Samuelsson (GWG 6:48 into 3rd) of Vancouver.

Last night’s scores
NY Rangers 3, Washington 2
Nashville 4, Anaheim 3
Vancouver 3, Chicago 2

Today’s games
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7
Boston at Montreal, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Detroit at Phoenix, 10:30