Back home, Preds eager to rebound off 1st postseason loss


The biggest thing is Vladimir Tarasenko is coming off of a 2 goal game.

Pekka Rinne has led the way for Nashville with a save percentage topping 95 percent after seven playoff games. "For a large part of the game, we weren't competitive at the level we needed to be". "We obviously have to be way better".

The Predators' blue-line corps continues to provide production, with Ryan Ellis following up P.K. Subban's three-point game with a goal and assist on Friday. It also made Ellis the first defenseman with a seven-game point streak in the playoffs since Chris Pronger and Jason Woolley did it in 1998.

"It was awesome today", Laviolette said.

"We've just got to be aggressive but be smart", Pietrangelo said. "I think more than anything, we have to make life tough on their goalie".

Jake Allen remains a stalwart of St. Louis' defense from the net, but Ellis, who scored in his sixth consecutive game Sunday, and the Predators proved too much to handle thanks to their high-flying offense. The Blues hadn't scored the first goal in either game in St. Louis. "It's easier to play with the lead, so getting the first goal would be nice". Rinne finished with 17 saves.

The Predators are still undefeated at home after their 3-1 Game 3 victory vs. the Blues on Sunday. Country group Little Big Town became the latest to sing the national anthem, and Lee Greenwood sang during the second intermission.

The Blues could not come up with the equalizer and finally Nashville won the game.

Something had to give in this game.

Ellis pounced on the rebound of a Colin Wilson shot at 5:09 during a power play, slotting a wrister under Scottie Upshall and to the right of diving goalie Jake Allen for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

He followed up a two-shutout first round against San Jose and a wild Game 1 victory in Anaheim by protecting a lead for almost 59 full minutes in Game 2. "The power play's got to be better". "We've done a good job of that so far". This is a proud team that won't go out easy, head coach Mike Yeo did not like being dominated the way his team was and was very blunt in his postgame comments, promising changes to the lineup.

The Predators took an early 1-0 lead Friday night on a James Neal score 7:49 into the first period, but the Blues answered on a power-play score by Tarasenko in the closing seconds of the period.

Paajarvi was reunited on a line with Patrik Berglund and David Perron. Five total minor penalties were committed, two against Nashville and three against St. Louis.

The Washington Capitals will hope to match the example set by the Ducks when they go on the road after dropping the first two games of their second-round series at home to the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.