Complete effort by Preds leads to 2-1 series lead on Blues

"We scored one goal tonight and fact of the matter is, we weren't even competitive", Yeo said. "We took a shot, it got blocked, and everyone was kind of looking for it".

If that happens, the Blues have home ice advantage in what becomes a three game series.

Ellis made a save on the goal line on a Blues power play late in the second period as the puck was moving toward the goal line. In Game 2, the Blues didn't surrender a single power play for the Predators. Vladimir Tarasenko bailed the team out with two goals and the defenders did a better job of limiting chances. Cam Talbot stole the show for his team, and has Edmonton in good shape heading home. It's important to note that fourth-line players delivered the game-winning goals for the Predators in Games 1 and 3. Neal kept things rolling when he found the net in Game 2 against the Blues, and Colin Wilson, who replaced Fiala in the top six, has even captured some of that "Playoff Willy" form that Poile has talked about in the past. But that outcome somehow didn't impress the benefits of good behaviour in Game 3 Sunday.

The first goal of the game came from the snap of Predators' Ryan Ellis at the 10:34 mark of the first period. The Blues had outshot the Predators 8-4 until that penalty. They swept the Chicago Blackhawks in round one then went on nab a thrilling 4-3 game one road win with defenseman P.K. Subban, 27, completely on fire.

Anaheim's first-period onslaught continued at 11:51. A goal by National Hockey League veteran Vernon Fiddler, 36, ended up sealing the game for good for the Predators, but St. Louis had so much momentum inside the Scottrade Center during game two on April. 28 that this has become a serious contest. The Preds were razor-sharp from the start of the game and controlled most of the play. The Predators carried possession into the zone, where Colton Sissons' shot was redirected by McLeod. Paryako chases McLeod to the side of the net but he gets his own rebound and bangs the rebound in. Not only does he have Alex Pietrangelo and Collin Wilson but even worse, Alexander Steen does a drive by, cutting right into the shooting lane in awful position letting the shot go through his legs. "I guess we're still in for a long series and have to get rested and go into a tough building". After avoiding the penalty box in Game 2, aside from a coincidental minor in the third period, the Blues took a half-dozen minors on Sunday. Rinne made 22 saves on 23 shots, and padded his 1.38 goals allowed average in this year's postseason.




Pietrangelo ripped a blast that brushed off Steen's left mitt and sneaked inside the far post for a 2-1 deficit 7:01 left in the period.

Roman Josi slapped one past Jake Allen in the third period for the Predators.

"It's two tough teams", Steen said.

"We just need to respond well here", Nashville captain Mike Fisher said.

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