Predators edge Blues 2-1, take 3-1 series lead


Rinne's 32 saves, plus goals from Ellis and Neal nearly eight minutes apart in the third period, led the Predators to a 2-1 win at raucous Bridgestone Arena, giving Nashville a 3-1 series lead.

After an undisciplined effort in game 2, the Predators are tied 1-1 in the second round against the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) congratulates goalie Jake Allen (34) after the Blues beat the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, April 28, 2017, in St. Louis. The.

The Predators now lead the series 2-1 after a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

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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. A Nashville win would put the Blues on the brink of elimination heading home for Game 5, but a Blues win would swing the series back to even, with two remaining home games in St. Louis for the Blues. The Predators were 5-1 in one-goal games during the 2016 playoffs, including 2-1 against the Sharks yet that only carried them as far as Game 7 of the second round. Will he be hit over head by Peter Laviolette or will he continue down this path of destruction. That one was 10-6 in one-goal games during its playoff run, including 6-1 in the first two rounds.

Oilers center Connor McDavid, who was moved to a line with Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic in the first period, didn't see the ice after that goal. All three Vezina Trophy finalists came from teams situated in the Eastern Time Zone, and the Predators appeared on national television just twice this past year.

Elias Sports Bureau says teams starting 2-0 on the road are 69-18 (79.3 percent) all-time in playoff series and those going up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series are 309-48 (86.6 percent) all-time. They also have never rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win a series. The biggest thing is Vladimir Tarasenko is coming off of a 2 goal game.

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo hinted at potential lineup changes for Game 4 Tuesday night.

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"It' about getting pucks through, making good plays at the right time", Ellis said. The Blues haven't played with the right kind of tenacity against the Predators and that has resulted in them being pushed around and spending a good amount of time in the penalty box.

Rinne finished with 22 saves, including a flurry of stops to preserve the win.

It's true that Nashville has assembled one of the most impressive defenses in the entire league. It had been exciting Stanley Cup playoff action at its very best with Blues goaltender Jake Allen and his Nashville counterpart Pekka Rinne posting zeros on the scoreboard. That's because there aren't many teams who can go player-for-player on the backend with Nashville.

The bruising opening game sent Predators left winger Kevin Fiala, 20, off the ice on a stretcher after a violent collision in the second period.

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"If we get a chance as a D corps, there are a lot of guys who can skate and we try to join the rush and make something happen", Josi said.