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

Rufina Vignone
Mag 2, 2017

There was no scoring in the first, but Crosby scored twice in the first 64 seconds of the second period, only to have one of the goals answered by Ovechkin to make it a 2-1 game going to the third.

Tarasenko now ranks third on the Blues all-time franchise list with 22 postseason goals.

Fortunate bounce or not, the obvious theme of the night was that the Ducks offense, with just one more shot on goal than Edmonton in Game 3, came to life with undeniable efficiency.

"I think we're using everybody, we're keeping it simple and we're not letting, I guess, the other team's environment get to us", Pietrangelo said.

Tarasenko, who scored 39 goals in the regular season, had scored just once in the Blues' first five playoff games. Nashville has been on fire at home and in these playoffs and while the value is on St. Louis I see Nashville getting it done again.

The fourth-line forward broke his stick on the Blues' net in a moment of frustration in the second period after taking a hit by Austin Watson that could have resulted in a penalty being called but didn't.

"It was awesome today", Laviolette said. "When we didn't have to kill any penalties, it changed the game".

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Upshall on Saturday explained one of the more unique moments in the Blues' Game 2 win.

The Ottawa Senators went up against the Boston Bruins and prevailed after a close six games featuring another five overtimes. "What he's done in the playoffs speaks for itself", St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said of the Russian standout. They proved in the opening period of Game 2 on James Neal's deflected goal that when pucks are shot on goal, some luck will bounce your way eventually.

The Blues had a chance to tie it up late in the second with a 2-on-1, but Rinne stopped the shot from David Perron from the slot.

A wild third period was the story of the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers challenged the play for offside, but the goal stood after a video review. The Blues netted their only goal on their first shot of that period, and were outshot 34-23 for the game and lost 3-1 to fall behind 2-1 in the series. By the 12:00 mark of the first period, it was already a three-goal lead with Jakob Silfverberg and captain Ryan Getzlaf tallying. The Oilers look to take a commanding 3-0 lead while the Predators look to take advantage of home ice.

McDavid tied it at 8:40 as he spun and cut back to lose defender Sami Vatanen and rifled a shot over Gibson's left elbow.

Forget the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who are two wins away from handing the Washington Capitals another seemingly inevitable postseason exit.

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