Nobody excites the Bridgestone Arena crowd like Pekke.
Right now, the Blues are saying all the right things.
Jaden Schwartz broke a tie 25 seconds into the third period with a rebound goal as St. Louis registered a 2-1 win at Scottrade Center, cutting Nashville's lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2.
"But with that being said, I was very impressed with our determination to stay in games when we got behind, our determination to stay on task". "Every game in the series was real tight, a lot of one-goal games". As always, Nashville is primarily built on drafted players, and why no one seems smart enough to hire assistant GM Paul Fenton and give him his own team to run remains one of the game's great mysteries. Three unanswered goals propelled the Preds to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
St. Louis trails the best-of-7 series 3-2 with Game 6 at Nashville on Sunday.
St. Louis played in desperation mode for the rest of the period as Nashville continued to apply pressure forcing them to be out hustled as the clock ticks away. They still managed to stave off elimination Friday night thanks to a strong defensive effort in a 2-1 win.
The Oilers didn't show mercy in the second period, with Anton Slepyshev scoring just 45 seconds in on a feed from Patrick Maroon. It also was only the third goal St. Louis scored in three games in Nashville, and the Blues wouldn't beat Rinne again.
"It's sort of the underdog mentality a little bit", Blues goalie Jake Allen said.
Predators are 4-0 in their last four home games. There's a lot of work left, but after this second round there's only four teams left.
"He's been great all playoffs", Josi said.
Often in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we find a player like Rinne to root for.
He will go down and slide into the boards or slam his entire body into them if the puck is off the ice, and it cuts many opposing forechecking opportunities short before they even get started, allowing the Predators' mobile defense to start moving the puck the other way.
The eighth-seeded team in the West, the Predators followed up a stunning sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks by ousting the St. Louis Blues in six games with a 3-1 victory Sunday. Arvidsson slipped a nice pass to Johansen in the high slot.
They scored the first goal by getting shots through from the perimeter and crashing the net. Forsberg got the play started, and it was just Johansen's second goal this postseason. "To contribute tonight and close the second round was huge". Silfverberg notched a pair of assists, extending his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists) while pushing his playoff total to 11 (seven goals, four assists).
Rinne's best stop came halfway through the final period when he made a pad save in the goalmouth off Canadian Kyle Brodziak, allowing the Predators to go on and advance to their first National Hockey League semi-final series in the team's 19-year history.
Calle Jarnkrok sealed it with an empty-net marker at 19:00, making him Nashville's 14th different goal-scorer of the playoffs. Conversely, they routed the Ducks 5-0 on November 12, which evened things following a 6-1 Anaheim victory on October 26. "We're going back with the preparation to be ready for a big game". Johansen with an assist, and if the Preds are going to win they will need the JOFA line to produce points. And the Blues got back left wing Alexander Steen, who missed Friday night's 2-1 win with an injury revealed after the loss to be a broken foot aggravated by blocking a shot in Game 4.
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