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Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russian Federation, crashes into Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 3 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. NY has won three straight playoff games at Madison Square Garden after losing six straight on home ice, including Game 3 of the first round against Montreal. But if they somehow win Game 5 at home and return here for Game 6 Sunday, they'll need to be more disciplined to force a winner-take-all Game 7 at Scottrade Center next week.

Winning faceoffs has been a pinnacle of the Blues' offensive scheme in recent memory. And who can blame them this postseason? St. Louis is now ranked dead-last in the playoffs (including teams who have been eliminated), operating at an efficiency rate of 42.7 percent.

The penalty on Oshie, a high-sticking call against Nick Bonino, turned out to be one of the most damaging because it happened with less than two minutes to play in regulation with the Capitals trying to tie the game.

A repeat of Game 2 against Minnesota or Nasvhille would be nice tonight. The Predators have now won five of eight meetings with the Blues this season. "So I think that certainly makes a difference". The Blues failed to win a draw when shorthanded (0/7) in Game 1. On the man-advantage this series, the Blues have only won 40 percent (6/15).

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday in Edmonton.

The Predators had a steady performance at home on Sunday, out-shooting St. Louis 34-23. They were being terribly outplayed at that point, but somehow found themselves trailing just 2-1 with 27 minutes still to play. Ellis ripped a one-timer from 36 feet away by Allen for his third goal of the playoffs, giving him a point in six straight games. In Game 1 against the Predators, the Blues made a third-period surge but ended up losing the game. The Blues haven't played with the right kind of tenacity against the Predators and that has resulted in them being pushed around and spending a good amount of time in the penalty box.

- Goal scoring is up 1.3 goals per game over the 1st round, now over 6 goals per game.

It was quite telling when Yeo mentioned that in fact the Blues "weren't even competitive" for a large part of the game. Alex Pietrangelo and Co. limited the Wild to only four even-strength goals throughout the series.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Winning the Stanley Cup requires 16 victories each postseason, and the Nashville Predators started better than any team in these playoffs by winning their first five.

Unfortunately for the Blues, not enough of them did what they do best.

The series resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The Ducks, who struggled to get the puck past Talbot in the first two games of the series, netted two goals on their first two shots in Game three.

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His overall postseason save percentage entering 2016-17 was 0.917. Silver lining? They didn't give up an empty netter.

They weren't almost as disciplined in Game 3 here on Sunday and compounded their problems that afternoon by failing to match the Predators' intensity. Perron is in the opening year of a two-year, $7.5 million deal he signed on July 1. They couldn't force overtime.

The Blues need to keep things from happening.

"Resilient rout", you ask? St. Louis's fourth-liners have registered only one assist combined. In classic National Hockey League style, only the retaliation of Reaves was called. They were outshot 30-15 the rest of the way.

However, Rinne, Ellis and Nashville pushed St. Louis to the cliff's edge.

Up to that point, it had been a brilliant scoreless game worthy of this time of year. Mike Yeo has repeatedly kept his players' shifts around 45-50 seconds.

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Playing from behind is never an easy task, especially in an opposing building.

Game 3 was very eventful in Pittsburgh. I think the struggle continues for St. Louis in Game 4, and the Predators move to 3-1 in the series. "We got more shots". They also had a 39-24 edge in faceoffs. In the first round, the smothering play of the defensive corps helped shut down a high-powered Blackhawks offense, allowing Chicago to score a mere three goals over the course of a four-game sweep.

Defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi also scored, and Colton Sissons added two assists.

The Blues got nothing through to Pekka Rinne during that stretch as the puck appeared quarantined on their end.

LINE HISTORY: The Predators opened as -140 moneyline favorites for Game 3 on home ice and the total opened at 5.

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