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Complete effort by Preds leads to 2-1 series lead on Blues

Complete effort by Preds leads to 2-1 series lead on Blues

"There are some things we can learn from that but the reality is the second period was not good enough and ultimately it cost us the game".

Pekka Rinne has led the way for Nashville with a save percentage topping 95 percent after seven playoff games. "He has a great shot for a reason".

Nashville defenseman Roman Josi, left, checks St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron into the boards in the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Rinne finished with 17 saves. The over/under total for the game is listed at 5 goals. Patrick Maroon's power-play goal made it 2-0 early in the second period.

Ryan Ellis scored at 5:09 of the third to break up a scoreless game. SlapShot Radio is the longest running hockey show in the mid-south and Pete Weber and I bring you the best in hockey talk all playoffs long. He picked up a goal and an assist in Nashville's loss, giving him two goals and five assists in the postseason.

In the third period, the Predators put the Blues away for good.

Nashville's defensive unit has also accounted for most of the team's offense as well, with at least one defenseman contributing to 12 of the last 13 goals for the team in the playoffs.

NHL Playoffs: Predators edge past Blues 2-1

Lehtera tied it at 7:39.

Ryan Ellis scored midway through the first to give the Predators a 1-0 lead. Buzzing the St. Louis zone at will, the Predators fired 15 shots in that span at Jake Allen, who stopped 14 of them and single-handedly kept his team in contention. He did have two assists in the previous four games, which included a great individual effort leading to Joel Edmundson's overtime victor.

The Blues can also help themselves if they can play a more disciplined brand of hockey. I thought we played well too. "I think for such a big guy, I think he's a fluid mover so when he does get hit in different positions like that he doesn't stiffen up".

The Blues were leading 8-4 in shots at the time of Reaves' penalty, but then went almost 11 minutes with a shot on goal before getting two at the end of the first period. In addition, a return of the productive bottom six line in round one with Austin Watson, Mike Fisher, and Harry Zolnierczyk (didn't even google the spelling) could cause St. Louis fits with the speed of those wingers centered by the captain. I can only imagine, given the various ways this team can play, that it must be a nightmare to develop a game plan for Nashville's opponents. They need to be more disciplined and more committed in Game 4.

Former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who has a house in Nashville, attended the game wearing a Predators jersey.

Just after the power play ended, Ellis gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with his slap shot from near the blue line at 10:34 off assists from Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban.


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