Preds head into Game 4 with series lead against St. Louis Blues

Ryan Ellis and James Neal scored in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The action moves to Music City as the Nashville Raptors are getting home ice against the St. Louis Blues in game three of their National Hockey League second round playoff series.

Nashville established a 2-1 lead in this series with a 3-1 win at home in Game 3 on Sunday. Shortly after his near goal, the Predators hem the Blues in their own zone for nearly a minute thirty seconds after Joel Edmundson whiffs on the puck near the goal line, turning it over to the Predators. 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. Buzzing the St. Louis zone at will, the Predators fired 15 shots in that span at Jake Allen, who stopped 14 of them and single-handedly kept his team in contention.

"That was a hard-checking have to compete for every inch of ice out there, and I thought our guys did a good job", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "For a large part of the game, we weren't competitive at the level we needed to be". "You only get so many home games in a series and we know how important these home games are". Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, right, looks on.

The two teams will reconvene in Edmonton Wednesday night in the fourth game of the series.

Rinne finished with 22 saves, including a flurry of stops to preserve the win.

If goaltender Jake Allen hadn't delivered another impressive performance, with 31 saves on 34 shots, the Predators might actually have embarrassed a Blues team that admittedly wasn't very competitive for long stretches in Game 3.

Jakob Silfverberg had two goals and an assist for the Ducks, who blew a 3-0 lead before putting the game away.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis gave goalie Pekka Rinne a hand in the crease with a key save inside the final minute of the second period, then he broke open a scoreless game with a power-play goal. Five total minor penalties were committed, two against Nashville and three against St. Louis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Music, barbecue sauces and local candies are at stake in the Western Conference semifinal between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. No other goals were scored during this period, but more than a few penalties were drawn.

The Blues are behind the Predators two games to one after three. This time of year, you have to focus on having a great start, being relentless, not focusing on the end of the game but taking things as they come. Allen is slow to close the butterfly, likely because he is struggling to find a sight lane to the puck. They also lost Zack Smith in addition to the contest. Playing with momentum after a Patrick Maroon goal with 40 seconds left in the first period, goals by Anton Slepyshev and Connor McDavid tied the game at 3.

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