Back home, Preds eager to rebound off 1st postseason loss


Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, right, and Patrick Maroon celebrates after their 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017.

The Blues killed the penalty, but the Predators took a 1-0 lead three seconds after the power play on defensemen Ryan Ellis' goal.

St. Louis came in undefeated on the road this postseason after winning three in Minnesota in the first round, while the Predators won both games in Nashville while sweeping Chicago.

Allen enjoyed another good game, saving 23 of 25 shots and coming up with a bunch of big stops.

NOTES: Edmonton F Drake Caggiula played just one shift after the first period, apparently due to an injury.

If St. Louis wins, Mayor Barry will ship off a basket of a country music compilation album, an assortment of BBQ sauces and rubs from local providers, Nashville-made Goo Goo Clusters, and a special Predators jersey. "He has a great shot for a reason".

The Blues didn't record a shot on goal in the second period until Alex Steen was able to deflect a shot. This shot, though, found the mark for the first score of the game and sent the Predators on to a 3-1 victory in Game 3 of the best-of-seven set. Rinne finished with 17 saves.

Game 3 is Sunday in Nashville.

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With 3:07 left in the second, Blues left wing Vladimir Sobotka sent a pass through the middle of the ice and Ellis intercepted scoring another goal for the Predators. That was exactly what Blues coach Mike Yeo wanted to see, keeping a power-play unit that has been the NHL's best this postseason off the ice.

Faceoffs don't just affect even-strength play, but special teams as well.

If goaltender Jake Allen hadn't delivered another impressive performance, with 31 saves on 34 shots, the Predators might actually have embarrassed a Blues team that admittedly wasn't very competitive for long stretches in Game 3.

Josi's goal was his third of the playoffs and the seventh by a Nashville defenseman in seven postseason matches. "We were bound to lose a game".

He followed up a two-shutout first round against San Jose and a wild Game 1 victory in Anaheim by protecting a lead for almost 59 full minutes in Game 2.

McLeod's goal was part of a dizzying flurry during the first 12-plus minutes of the second period. Keep in mind that St. Louis hasn't lost back-to-back games since the beginning of March. "We're fortunate that (Parayko) didn't' get too banged up".

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.

"I don't think anyone's looking past the next game", Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. "I think we need to be more simple". The Predators are going to have their hands full tonight. It's tough to sustain offense against their "Big Four" on defense (Mattias Ekholm, P.K. Subban, Ellis and Josi) when trailing.