Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

Although Nashville came into the third leading 3-1, the Blues weren't giving up that easy.

Ryan Ellis once again gave Nashville the upper hand 3:07 into the final period, but Jori Lehtera evened it up four minutes later, setting the stage for Tarasenko's game victor with less than four minutes remaining.

Nashville came into the postseason nearly an afterthought, but they swept top seeds the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, the first such sweep by an eighth seed in National Hockey League history.

The negatives are quite high for the Blues. After posting two shutouts in the first round, Talbot stopped 72 of 76 shots in the first two games in Anaheim, including a number of outstanding stops to frustrate the Ducks in Game 2. "Too many guys sitting on the bench". "When we didn't have to kill any penalties, it changed the game". St. Louis is just 2 for 21 with the man-advantage, last among all postseason teams. "For me, that was a good example of why we lost the game". Pekka Rinne finished with 17 saves.

The third goal was pure luck.

"He's really got his stick going now", Allen said.

Then Allen misplayed a bouncing puck. The puck should have been cleared initially. You have to face a lot of challenges.


On the positive side, the Blues never gave up. The Preds have yet to lose in these playoffs but I see that changing here as Allen rebounds after a tough loss and St. Louis generated some momentum to close out the third period in game one. The Blues still had a chance to win in the third period despite all of that.

Anaheim gradually turned the period in its favor, but couldn't score. One of them was the OT game-winner against the Blackhawks in game three. "You have to do the defensive stuff". So like I said, special teams are big, you've got to be better there, we know we've got more to bring.

"He's a special player", Blues defenseman Colton Parayko said about Tarasenko. Staying out of the box is key, but they must get pucks on target. Nashville had a 32-30 edge in shots in the win and also had a 38-23 edge in faceoffs.

It was the first lead for St. Louis in 116:09 of the series.

Here are your St. Louis Blues Morning Links to get your day started off right. I prefer to keep some of the positives for the game day and we had to save a few of those. He made a little flip pass, and I just got a piece of it and just chipped it over the goalie. Still, the points remain as keys to the entire series. "Our guys were saying the right things".

"I want to know that I can help the team to win the games before I come back", Vatanen said.

- Road teams are 1-3 so far as only Ottawa has held serve at home so far in the second round. Both this year and last, in the playoffs, home ice has not been as friendly. Associated with that, the Blues need to maintain better discipline, they took way to many penalties.


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