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

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

St. Louis Blues right wing Dmitrij Jaskin, of Russian Federation, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, May 5, 2017, in St. The Blues should be used to it; as playoff contender regulars and down 3-1 already before a win in Game 5 this week, St. Louis might be steeled enough to force a decisive seventh game.

Nashville won once again in front of their home fans. "You just go play and obviously when it's a tie game or a close game, you want to step up for your team".

Goalie Pekka Rinne and the Predators' defense made the lead stick. Josi had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok added an empty-netter with 60 seconds left. "We're going to have to park this one quickly and get ready for a big battle down there". Obviously, it's a great feeling.

"What we experienced in Game 4 and 5 with two comebacks by them, we knew we had to keep our foot on the gas pedal and the hockey gods gave us a chance in Game 7", Oilers forward Milan Lucic said. It's a good feeling.

"We felt confident that he would go in and play a really good game", Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "Right now, I'm pretty happy".

Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry (10) tries to screen the net as Edmonton Oilers' goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes the save during the third period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

"Steener, even though he didn't play, he supported us", he said.

"For us to come out in the second period and get that sixth goal, that was big", Letestu said.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues needed a spark. Allen ranked just behind Rinne among stingy goalies this post-season, and the Blues had been the NHL's best team after coach Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock on February 1. I hate to say it. "It showed we weren't going to get back on our heels and possibly let them get back into the hockey game". The Predators won 3-1 to win the series 4-2.

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Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, shoots as he is defended by St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, May.

Nashville had Grammy winners Lady Antebellum sing the national anthem, and forward Kevin Fiala, who broke his left leg in Game 1, wave the towel to rev up the fans who were ready for the puck to drop. The building was quiet early when the Blues drew first blood in the first period on a Paul Stastny goal 2:04 into the game.

Tarasenko's shot from the right circle hit off Rinne, then Stastny who knocked the puck in for the goal.

The goal was the first at even-strength against Nashville in the playoffs, including their four-game first-round sweep of Chicago. The Predators built a 3-1 advantage in the series, but three of the first four games were decided by one goal.

"He's been unbelievable", Arvidsson said of Rinne. Ducks center Ryan Kesler had his glove on Talbot's pad when Rakell put a backhand between his pads to tie it with 15 seconds remaining. That gave Nashville defencemen nine goals this post-season, a franchise record.

The difference in Game 6, however, came from Nashville's top line of Johansen, Viktor Arviddson and Filip Forsberg, who had five goals and 15 points in the first-round sweep of Chicago but had been held to just one goal before Sunday.

It came 35 seconds into the second period on a bad sequence for the Blues.

The Predators will instead face the victor of the Ducks-Oilers series for the chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blues got the all-important first goal of the game, but the Predators responded with two, including the game-winner from a top line that had been silenced throughout the series. Rinne has three assists this post-season.

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