The very last thing you want is distraction, when your hockey team is in the thick of a playoff race. For Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher, he and his teammates got a surprise Monday night as they prepared to face the Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena from none other than Fisher’s own wife, Carrie Underwood, who did an unannounced performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Underwood’s appearance proved anything but distraction. In fact, the seven-time Grammy winner – decked out in one of her husband’s jerseys and fitting blue and golden fingernail polish – simply helped to whip the home team supporters into a frenzy. A tasteful and mostly restrained rendition, Underwood laid into the final verse, making a ventriloquist-like octave jump like it was old hat.
Afterward, Nashville mayor Megan Barry and Underwood stood on the ice whipping yellow Predator towels in the air. Nashville went on to win a thrilling game in overtime and start a 3-0 lead in the series over Chicago.
Underwood, who was nominated for a Grammy award this year her tune “Church Bells,” recently joined Keith Urban onstage at the ACM Awards to perform their duet “The Fighter.”