Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals wasn't a total loss for Predators fans.
Although it ended 5-3 PIT, the Preds dominated the game -- and one heroic fan even managed to throw a catfish in enemy territory.
hockey, the only sport where a championship game is delayed because of a catfish pic.twitter.com/T9CNdgZwub— evgeni malkin's ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) May 30, 2017
HELL YEAH SOMEONE SNUCK IN A CATFISH HAHAHAHA— Full Time Preds (@FullTimePreds) May 30, 2017
Catfish on the ice...— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 30, 2017
The catfish made its way onto the ice early in the 2nd period -- and we're pretty sure it's responsible for the first (official) goal by the Preds, which came just a few minutes later.
[nothing like a little hometown love to rally the team, right?]
Not all heroes wear capes. Some throw catfish in enemy territory.— Captain Ryan Ellis (@Ellis4Captain) May 30, 2017
So this dude just got kicked out of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final for throwing a catfish on the ice. pic.twitter.com/DzLK6l1Mv5— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2017
How the fuck do they keep getting catfish in— Nick Bonino's Beard (@BonesBeard) May 30, 2017
The whole thing is even more satisfying because local grocery stores in Pittsburgh were refusing to sell catfish to Predators fans.
They checked IDs and everything in an attempt to prevent this sort of incident -- BUT THEY COULDN'T, BECAUSE PREDS FANS WILL NOT BE STOPPED.
Pittsburgh has had zero shots on goal since "Catfish Man" entered the equation. pic.twitter.com/OieLv70D5h— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2017
So who did it?
Who is responsible? WHO DO WE THANK?!
Apparently it was a local sports radio guy by the name Jacob Deveral.
We can neither confirm nor deny that a catfish will find the ice in Pittsburgh tonight...— The Midday 180 (@Midday180) May 30, 2017
Good news. @JacobDeveral was not arrested. But he’s not welcome in Pittsburgh again. Now on his way home.— The Midday 180 (@Midday180) May 30, 2017
“It was awesome. Did we score?"
Predators fan who threw catfish on ice to be charged with:— 247Sports (@247Sports) May 30, 2017
Disrupting a meeting
Possession of an instrument of a crime pic.twitter.com/rHmT2fKSbx
Deveral, please allow me to personally thank you, on behalf of Smashville.
You are now a legend to the Preds nation.
Whoever threw that catfish is the real MVP....— Ryan Succop (@ryansuccop) May 30, 2017
[Are you still confused about Preds fans throw catfish on the ice?
Watch the video below to educate yourself.]