Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series

Apr 29, 2017, 23:45
Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series

Showing perseverance, the Preds squeaked past the Blues 4-3 to remain undefeated in the 2017 playoffs.

Tarasenko, who led the Blues with 39 goals in the regular season, scored a power-play goal late in the first period and then connected for the game victor with 3:51 left in the third period to give the Blues a 3-2 win Friday night over the Nashville Predators.

Since being a healthy scratch in Games 2, 3 and 4 of St. Louis' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has responded by picking up three points in his last three games. "That we've got to keep things 5-on-5".

With the assist, Suban became just the ninth Nashville player with three points recorded in a playoff game. "That doesn't mean that we don't want him scoring goals".

While the Blues will clearly have to stay out of the box or focus more on Subban, it might not be as simple as saying the Blues win if they don't take those penalties. "We've dealt with it properly in the last little while here, and we expect nothing less out of our group". "We're going to be tested more, much more especially in this series".

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A major penalty on Nashville's Vernon Fiddler for kneeing Parayko put the Blues on a five-minute power play late in the first period, and Tarasenko's goal with 20 seconds left, through a screen by Paul Stastny, tied the game at 1.

Fiala's crash into the boards - seemingly in part made worse by a shoulder nudge from his opponent - had everyone hoping for the best. It hurts right now, hurts for Kev, too, but we have to move forward.

When you are chasing the game, you can not be chasing the puck constantly on the penalty kill. The only team still in the playoffs with fewer overtime losses is the New York Rangers with six.

"He's a guy that I think what he's done in the playoffs speaks for itself", Yeo said.

In case you missed it, yesterday we shared our five key areas that would win or lose the series. But yeah, certainly today, it's about finding answers. And obviously learning about the game yourself and the feel of the game and the opponent you're playing. The puck was tipped in front by Colin Wilson for the game's first score.

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". This is up to us to make sure that we find a way". "We knew it was going to be a tough game, a physical game".

The Ducks also hit multiple posts, particularly in the one-sided third period.

The Blues are averaging 2.33 goals per game - ninth best out of playoff teams.

"He had a different look in his eye like I knew he was going to do something special", Edmundson said. "We get it down low and we work them down low".

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