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Fans enthusiastically welcome hockey back to Music City

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Nashville Predators fans could hardly contain their excitement as they walked into Bridgestone Arena for the first game of the season on Saturday night.

"I'm very, very excited, I've been waiting for this for months," season ticket holder Rosie Bradford told Nashville's News 2.

"[I'm] sure glad to see them, we couldn't wait to get down here," fan Rosemary Linton added.

Fans arrived early for Saturday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets to welcome the players back and for a pre-game celebration.

After 119 days of the NHL lockout, it has been a long few months for fans without hockey.

"My husband and I, we watch hockey all the time, if it's not a Predators game we have every game recorded, we have NHL Network on TV and it's been so sad," fan Heather Whisenant said.

Bradford added, "It was terrible, there was nothing to do."

"We usually don't vacation in the winter but we took a vacation because we were pretty bored," said Brad Chapman who is known as the "Catfish Chunker" for throwing catfish onto the ice when the team scores.

The Nashville Predators lost to the Blue Jackets 3-2 in a shootout.

The team is set to play again on Monday against the St. Louis Blues.  The puck drops at 5 p.m.

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