Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

  • Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

Rinne, who has allowed just 14 goals in 10 post-season games, frustrated the Blues with his superb goaltending and Ryan Johansen scored the eventual game victor at 3:15 of the third period giving Nashville a 4-2 series victory on Sunday.

"I thought this year we were competitive with Nashville; they were with us". The Senators pulled the goalie with less than two minutes to play and got the game-tying goal from Derick Brassard with 1:26 to play in regulation, forcing overtime. We still have a lot of great pieces that have been here for a while and weh ave new players that are up-and-coming.

The Predators will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers in the conference final. The team's players and fans alike were obviously all very excited for this new experience, but one local news station definitely wasn't prepared for this inaugural achievement in Nashville. St. Louis led 1-0 on the strength of Paul Stastny's rebound goal at 2:04, his second of the playoffs, and really controlled play.

He was winless in two career playoff starts against Nashville in 2016 and has just 16 postseason appearances in all (Pekka Rinne, by comparison, has 30 wins) but is 2-1-0 against the Predators in the regular season.

St. Louis continued to press and Nashville held to its defensive system, counter punching at the right times, playing on their toes.

In fact, the Blues put seven shots on net in the first 3:20, seven more than the Predators managed.

"It was a big addition at the time", head coach Peter Laviolette said Tuesday as the Predators prepare for either the Ducks or Oilers in round three. "There were a lot of shots and a lot of zone time for them".

"You'd like to score earlier, but you don't really think about that", he said.

Roman Josi also credits Rinne with carrying the team, "He's been our best player in the whole playoffs so far, making saves that you don't think are possible and keeping us in games". A big horse. Jake Allen kept the Blues in Game 6 just like in most of the others this postseason, "And that's what's so incredible about him", Steen said. The trend going in was success for the team with home ice as Ottawa had won the first two games of the series and NY won Games 3 and 4 to even the series.

"He's been great all playoffs", Josi said.

"We're halfway there", Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis said. After dominating the Chicago Blackhawks in a first-round sweep, the trio had played decently in the second round but hadn't earned the desired results on the scoresheet. The top line of Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg had 15 points in the first round but was quiet against the Blues until coming through in spectacular fashion in the clinching game. "A lot of people probably counted us out maybe potentially making the playoffs, maybe squeaking in, but I think even with the struggles we had mid-season, we proved we nearly caught second place in our division and we're still there". I'm just going to try to move on'. "To contribute tonight and close the second round was huge". A goal by National Hockey League veteran Vernon Fiddler, 36, ended up sealing the game for good for the Predators, but St. Louis had so much momentum inside the Scottrade Center during game two on April 28 that this has become a serious contest. Calle Jarnkrok buries an empty netter and its 3-1 Nashville.

If the Blues pass that test, they come home for a winner-take-all Game 7.

"We know that we're going to have to be even better next game, he said". Ultimately we chose to go with narrative separation, and placed them at the end of the levels to prevent this problem for arising. And Jay Bouwmeester. As did Dmitrij Jaskin, who was so good the game before. "Luckily nowadays, these boards, they kind of give". Johansen also had the deciding goal in Nashville's win in game six against the Blues. He returned to the lineup on Sunday in favor of Magnus Paajarvi, who was scratched.