Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

  • Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

The victor will face the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference finals.

Always dreaming captured the Run for Roses after going off as the co-favorite.

The series stretch a little longer when the Blues managed to pull out a 2-1 win on Friday night to force Game 6 in Nashville, and it was certainly interesting when the Blues scored first in Game 6 with a goal by Paul Stastny. Johansen is the big center the Predators brought in with their first big trade of 2016, lost in all the attention focused on the acquisition of defenseman P.K. Subban.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen watches as fans celebrate following the Predators' win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

But should they care who they play?

"He's had a really strong playoff for us", Yeo said of Sobotka.

That will be either Anaheim or Edmonton, but the Predators will get some rest before the conference finals because the Ducks and Oilers will play a deciding seventh game Wednesday night. Laviolette's first Predators team led the National Hockey League in points for much of the season, but faded down the stretch and was badly outmatched in that series in the face off circle and in speed and puck handling compared to offensive stars like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

"It still stings", said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the team captain. Rinne made 23 saves, none bigger than his pad stop on Kyle Brodziak at the goalmouth about halfway through the third period. Obviously because we had trouble scoring, our special teams were magnified and they had the advantage in that area. That was Nashville's final shot of the game. A 7-0 lead isn't quite as easy to blow as a 3-0 one, for sure, but the Oilers deserve just as much, if not more, credit for this blatant rebound than the Ducks got for their Game 5 heroics. 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. Though the Predators registered only 22 shots, Allen's margin for error in defending them was once again slim.

Nonetheless, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong didn't have the same disappointing feelings he had after the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons when the Blues were eliminated in the first round with lofty expectations.

Jaskin was inserted into the lineup in place of Alexander Steen, who was sidelined with a lower-body injury.

It was the first even-strength goal the Predators had allowed in the first period this postseason.

Nashville got on the board early in the second with a goal by Roman Josi.

"He's been unbelievable", Arvidsson said of Rinne.

Neal tied it with Nashville enjoying a two-man advantage with 6:10 left in the second.

And both Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok scored in the third despite the Predators finishing with just 18 shots on goal. "They scored first, we were chasing the game at that point as well". Anaheim erased a three-goal lead with three minutes left and then won in double-overtime.

Johansen ranks ninth this postseason with seven assists behind Evgeni Malkin, Leon Draisaitl, Erik Karlsson, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie and Ryan Getzlaf. "They took their game to another level, and we didn't match it".