Around the National Hockey League: 4 Exciting Games Open 2nd Round

Music, barbeque sauces and local candies are at stake in the Western Conference semifinal between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russian Federation, skates to the bench after scoring the winning goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series F.

"We knew it was going to be a long series", Allen said.

But was Game 2 one the Blues absolutely had to have?

After a 4-3 loss at home in Game 1, the Blues finally received some production from arguably the biggest piece to their offensive puzzle: Vladimir Tarasenko.

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 3.

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. They also have never rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win a series.

"He has had some really good games", Maroon said.

Oilers center Connor McDavid, who was moved to a line with Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic in the first period, didn't see the ice after that goal.

"I think it's the loudest building in the league", Predators defenseman Roman Josi said.

The Predators never got the man advantage in losing Game 2 in St. Louis, and they got their first almost midway through the first period.

Even with all the hype, the Blues made mincemeat out the Wild and sailed into Round 2 against the Nashville Predators.

The Western Conference features quick turnarounds for both semifinals with only a one-day break before Game 3 on Sunday.

We can't say Nashville did well in last game.

The first half of Sunday's game has been a defensive clinic by the Predators, by the way, limiting St. Louis to just 10 shots on goal through the first 34 minutes, and none through the first 14 minutes of the second period.

With his goal in Game 3, Ellis has points in six straight playoff games (three goals, five assists), a record for a Nashville defenseman. The next game will be a little bigger then this match & if they make some points in this match will give them some confidence & lead the next series.

Tarasenko, who scored 39 goals in the regular season, had scored just once in the Blues' first five playoff games. Filip Forsberg added a power-play goal just four minutes later to restore the two-goal lead going to the third.

McLeod was denied on his initial shot after taking a pass from Sissons.

"It's the consecutive penalties that are getting us into trouble", Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "We're fortunate that (Parayko) didn't' get too banged up".

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game victor for St. Louis beating Pekka Rinne with just under four minutes left in the game. If they can sneak one out on the road, they have ever chance to make it back to the Western Conference finals.

Ryan Ellis had put the Predators in front 2-1 when he intercepted a pass from Vladimir Sobotka and fired the puck past goalie Jake Allen 3:07 into the third period.

"I just tried to send it back to the net and create a scramble", McLeod said.

  • Julie Sanders