Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim Calif. Friday

However, with 5:49 left in regulation, Nashville defenceman Roman Josi gave the Predators a 3-1 lead, two-goal cushion that they wouldn't relinquish while sending the Blues to their first road loss of the playoffs. The biggest pieces for Nashville all came on the defensive side, which contributed in all three areas of their game.

Neal broke up an attempted pass from David Perron to Carl Gunnarsson high in the Blues zone, then spun and shot behind Gunnarsson and over Allen's blocker from the top of the right circle. "It's a good goal for us". The local Triple-A baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, put the game on its guitar-shaped scoreboard during a rain delay. But speaking of Edmonton, the Connor McDavid-led group is still scoring a ton - the Oilers now have 10 goals through three second-round games - and will have another shot to claim a home win in Game 4. "He has a great shot for a reason". Allen finished with 23 saves as the Blues lost consecutive road games for the first time since February 28 and March 3. Nashville got a big win in game three and can send the Blues to the brink of elimination if they can pull off another strong effort at Bridgestone Arena on this night.

It's true that Nashville has assembled one of the most impressive defenses in the entire league.

The Blues were whistled for three penalties in the first period, and though Nashville didn't pick up any power-play goals, the Predators scored twice shortly after their man advantages expired. Allen was St. Louis' best player throughout the day, including 17 in a second period where the Blues were outshot 18-4.

While the 34-year-old was denied a shutout bid by a late Joel Edmundson goal, make no mistake: the potential outcome of this series against St. Louis would look quite different without Rinne in the paint. "And he has shown me that he hasn't done that".

Tarasenko finished the game with two goals, and both goals helped the Blues control the game.

"He's always doing the little things right", Parayko said. Because of that, it's getting all the more hard to find holes in this Predators team, and if things keep going this way, Nashville has to be considered a serious threat the rest of the way and a club Stanley Cup hopefuls should be keeping an eye on as the post-season progresses.

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Rinne outdueled St. Louis' Jake Allen with 32 saves, and the Predators are a victory from reaching the Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history. "We were bound to lose a game". This will be huge because, quite frankly, they did look a bit worn towards the end of Sunday's matinee game.

Lehtera tied it at 7:39. They took the lead in the first period and were not relinquishing it easily.

The puck goes to Ryan Ellis at the left center point and Ryan Ellis takes a low shot that goes through traffic and into the net.

To start the second period, Cody McLeod of the Predators' netted the second goal of the night with a tip-in from a rebound behind the Blues' net.

St. Louis can't afford to chase Nashville around the ice for 60 minutes in Game 4.

"Music City has a loud building", Blues forward Scottie Upshall said. That was our mindset last series and that's what we have to get back to.

"Again, it's the consecutive penalties, we're getting ourselves into trouble", Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said.

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