Blues vs. Predators 2017

A puck shot by St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia slips past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne of Finland for a goal during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday Ap

The Predators now have won seven of the eight games they have played this postseason, and more than half of the victories (four of them) have been by a single goal.

Josi's goal was his third of the playoffs and the seventh by a Nashville defenseman in seven postseason matches.

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russian Federation, crashes into Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 3 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. That goal came shortly after the Blues killed their third penalty of the game.

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray was on the ice, waving a towel and rocking Predators gear. You guys see that and get to experience it just like we do, so that's a real positive for us. The Blues must win three straight to advance to the conference final for the second year in a row. Of course, they only generated 12, a 20% reduction in what they had done in the first two games.

If Tarasenko continues to play like this for the rest of the National Hockey League playoffs, it will be interesting to see how far the Blues can go. This game was no different, as Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town performed. The Predators won 39 of 63 faceoffs Sunday, the second time in the series they dominated St. Louis in the circle.

With Anaheim leading 4-3, Gibson made several big saves late in the second period and early in third to keep the Oilers from tying the game.

St. Louis almost tied it with the extra skater with just over a minute remaining, but Paul Stastny couldn't get his stick on a loose puck at the left post with an empty net in front of him. They also tied San Jose for the most points (181) scored by defensemen, led by Roman Josi with 49.

Ellis pounced on the rebound of a Colin Wilson shot at 5:09 during a power play, slotting a wrister under Scottie Upshall and to the right of diving goalie Jake Allen for his fourth goal of the playoffs. The entire roster has to be prepared if you expect to win on the road in the playoffs - not to mention at an arena where the Blues are now 0-3 including the regular season.

Unfortunately for the Blues, their silly penalties told only part of the tale in their 3-1 loss to the Predators.

That proved to be the game-winning goal after Edmundson scored with a shot from the left circle through two players in front that banked in past Rinne, giving the Blues a chance. "As a D-corps, we're just trying to play our game and do it to our strength".

"It's about possession", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.

"Anytime we can be a plus line or chip one in, it's going to obviously help", McLeod said. Nashville outshot St. Louis 18-4 in the period. "They start to feel more confident".

Vladimir Tarasenko is a special player, and his skills make him the most indispensable forward on the St. Louis Blues roster. Why, yes, when Anaheim goes up 3-0, surrenders a three-goal lead and then storms back to get to six goals, a franchise record in the postseason, that seems an appropriate description.



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