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

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

Nashville pretty much dominated the entire game.

Game 3 is Sunday in Edmonton.

Winning faceoffs has been a pinnacle of the Blues' offensive scheme in recent memory. Seriously... ESPN is short sighted and screws the league... the league establishes a GREAT relationship with NBC who covers every single game of the playoffs (something ESPN would not do) and somehow the NHL is to blame???

That was one of 15 shots Nashville poured at Allen before St. Louis finally got one on Rinne in the period. In Games 1 and 3, Nashville controlled 62 percent.

A repeat of Game 2 against Minnesota or Nasvhille would be nice tonight. Chez Serge is known as Chez Subban until the Predators are eliminated or hoist the Stanley Cup.

One thing that has really been a positive on this team is the Predators' defense, which many consider at the top of the league.

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo had a shot go off the post within the first five minutes of the third.

The bruising opening game sent Predators left winger Kevin Fiala, 20, off the ice on a stretcher after a violent collision in the second period. On the man-advantage this series, the Blues have only won 40 percent (6/15).

NOTES: After game three, the Ducks headed to Kelowna, British Columbia, for a two-day mini retreat ahead of Wednesday's game four.

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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.

The Preds avenged a game 2 loss that saw them go all 60 minutes without a power play.

Rinne outdueled St Louis' Jake Allen with 32 saves as the Predators moved to within a victory from reaching the Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history.

Tarasenko, who scored 39 goals in the regular season, had scored just once in the Blues' first five playoff games. "Tough to create offense when you're killing penalties". The Blues had just survived a Nashville powerplay when Ellis throws one on net.

Game 3 was very eventful in Pittsburgh.

Through three games, the Blues have yet to scratch out the first goal in a game. St. Louis never got possession at the end of the kill and was scrambling to clear the zone as a result. Blues coach Mike Yeo pulled Allen late, but they couldn't beat Rinne again.

Sanford played alongside Alexander Steen and Vladimir Sobotka, where he was all three games in the Wild series. Ellis has a seven-game point streak, including a goal in three straight games against the Blues.

The series resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and Rickard Rakell, Chris Wagner and Ryan Kesler also scored for Anaheim, which lost the first two games at home.