Blues stay alive by beating Predators

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Assistant GM Martin Brodeur, who came out of the front office to serve as interim goalie coach to help resurrect Allen's season on February 1, will return to his pist as assistant GM and the team will hire a new goalie coach. The theme of this series has been: Preds stake the lead, Blues play defeated, Preds win.

Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers' historic night fueled Edmonton to a 7-1 win Sunday against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Upshall began his career with the Predators. The Predators are so effective at doing this that the team even ranks second-last in blocked shots in the playoffs. However, Calle Jarnkrok's empty-netter at 19:00 not only made him Nashville's 14th goal-scorer of the playoffs, but it also made the Predators the first team to get out of the second round. At left is Predators head coach Peter Laviolette.

Yes, the team that plays in a place called "Smashville" is going someplace the Predators have never been before: The NHL Western Conference final. The victor of the conference final will go on to compete in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Predators have been successful because their speed has allowed them to attack and frequently get the opposition on their heels. "I think we've got to the point where we're over that now". Our ultimate goal is to win a Stanley Cup. The effort made the Oilers the first team in National Hockey League playoff history to do so since the Detroit Red Wings did it in Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference semifinals against the San Jose Sharks. "We're going to enjoy it now for a few minutes and forget it and go get another one". "Obviously it's a great feeling, but there's a lot of work left". Schwartz has a team-high four postseason goals. "So I think we're in a good spot and I feel much more at ease knowing that these guys are guys I think we can win with in the future".

With Klefbom and Sekera gone, Eric Gryba, who hadn't played since Game 1 of the first round, and call-up Griffin Reinhart were dressed. "Right now, I'm pretty happy".

The only problem is the lower-third graphic said the Predators were headed "to the Stanley Cup Finals".

Jake Allen made 21 saves for the Blues, who had dropped two in a row.

NOTES: The Blues and Predators announced a joint effort to donate to flood relief efforts in the Midwest.

In fact, the last time St. Louis won in Nashville was over a year ago.

St. Louis continued to press and Nashville held to its defensive system, counter punching at the right times, playing on their toes. Defenseman Mattias Ekholm teed up Roman Josi with a cross-ice pass at the right circle and Josi snapped a wrister by Allen for his fourth postseason tally.

"It's gotta be better", Pietrangelo said of the power play, acknowledging that Steen's absence made things more hard Friday. Three unanswered goals propelled the Preds to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Jonathan Bernier came on and finished with 25 saves.

Neal tied it with Nashville enjoying a two-man advantage with 6:10 left in the second.

Draisaitl gave the Oilers the lead at 2:45.

It was this inconsistency, along with losing five of seven to end the regular season, that saw Nashville fall backwards into the playoffs, secure in the second wild card spot only due to the ineptitude of the rest of the Western Conference.

The Blues indicated last summer that, in addition to being a more youthful team after opting not to re-sign veterans David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Steve Ott, they would be smaller and faster, too - more conducive to the new National Hockey League.

What started out as a handshake agreement at a chance meeting at a dinner party in Nashville has turned into a lucrative and emotional investment that has long had the serial entrepreneur off to games in Music City with regularity. "Standing ovations at every whistle nearly".

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