Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

Rufina Vignone
Mag 19, 2017

Allen ranked just behind Rinne among stingy goalies this postseason, and the Blues had been the NHL's best team after coach Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock on February 1.

St. Louis Blues was in a must win game 6 against a streaky hot Nashville Predators team with their season on the line, the Blues needed to win to force a game 7.

Assistant GM Martin Brodeur, who came out of the front office to serve as interim goalie coach to help resurrect Allen's season on February 1, will return to his pist as assistant GM and the team will hire a new goalie coach.

If they're going to bring home their first Stanley Cup next month, you can bet Johansen will be in the middle of it. Rinne faced seven and eight shots in the second and third periods, respectively, but held on for the series-clinching win.

The Oilers ensured their series with the Ducks will go down to the wire after romping to a 7-1 victory. Upshall began his career with the Predators.

James Neal scored for the Predators at 13:50 of the second period on a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game 1-1. Since 1982, he has personally hired just four head coaches (Terry Murray, Jim Schoenfeld, Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette) for two organizations, Washington and Nashville, and fired just two of them, Murray and Trotz.

For Nashville, the current run into the Western Conference Final is the deepest its been. Second, the NHL's championship series is not called the "Finals", like the National Basketball Association.

"The expectation is the Stanley Cup", Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said. While his performances in St. Louis weren't great, I think these back-to-back showings at home should give him the momentum he needs to shut down the Blues tonight. Obviously, we were good enough to win the series, but it's not like I felt we under-performed where in the past I felt like we hadn't met our own potential.

LINE HISTORY: The Predators opened as -160 moneyline favorites for Game 6 and appears fine with bettors as it hasn't budged. This is their first trip to the conference finals after falling short in the second round in their first three attempts, including a year ago to San Jose after pushing the Sharks to seven games.

Pekka Rinne raised both arms in the air to celebrate. There's a lot of work left, but after this second round there's only four teams left. There's still a lot of hockey left to be played, but we should enjoy this today.

I don't know how this will all end, but it's been pretty awesome so far. The Predators remain undefeated at home during the playoffs.

Pregame saw an incredibly hyped Pred Nation, they were ready from the jump, and they took the emotion to another level when Kevin Fiala made a surprise appearance as towel waiving hype man right after a stirring National Anthem from Lady Antebellum.

"It's sort of the underdog mentality a little bit", Blues goalie Jake Allen said.

"It's a big step for the franchise", Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. If Bortuzzo's post had gone in, the Blues would have erased leads in every single game. They wouldn't score again as Rinne finished with 23 saves.

Rickard Rakell scored Anaheim's lone goal. That gave Nashville defensemen nine goals this postseason, a franchise record.

Draisaitl scored three goals on the night. Only Allen kept the Predators from padding that lead with save after save, including a big stop on a breakaway by Filip Forsberg. At 21 years old, Draisaitl became the Oilers' second-youngest player to ever tally a playoff hat trick. I think we're in a good spot. "Standing ovations at every whistle nearly".

During one game three scrum Johansen put his hand in Toews' face, pushing him out of the way.

The Blues were eliminated from the Western Conference Second Round by the Nashville Predators in six games.

The 20-year-old future face of the National Hockey League made a bold declaration after the Game 5 loss, per Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: "There's not much that can really be said right now".

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