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

October 19 2017, 11:42 | Van Peters

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko reacts after scoring the go-ahead goal, his second of the game, in the third period against the Nashville Predators during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-.

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. They have given up the first goal in every game in this series and need to change that trend if they want to win tonight in Nashville. Wilson has six shots and a goal in three games against the Blues after missing the entire first round with a lower-body injury.

The penalty on Oshie, a high-sticking call against Nick Bonino, turned out to be one of the most damaging because it happened with less than two minutes to play in regulation with the Capitals trying to tie the game. We saw what they did in round one, so I don't think that anyone inside of our locker room was kidding ourselves that we were just going to march through this series without facing some challenges. In Game 4, expect a better outing from Mike Yeo's club in this regard. "It was deadlocked at zeroes for most of the game and we just got a couple of bounces".

"Obviously that's something that would be unbelievable for this organization too", Rinne said. "Being up 3-1 now, I think we can control our destiny".

"Resilient rout", you ask?

Ellis scored at 5:09 of the third to break up a scoreless game.

Now the St. Louis Blues are ready to test how the Predators respond to their first loss.

It's inexcusable for some of the Blues to have shown up as flat as they did in Game 3. The Predators are rolling at home and are now 7-0 in their last home playoff games.

"I mean competitive like up to the level of play that they were playing at", Yeo said. "They're talking to the refs.it's been that way all series".

"It's worked all series, let's be honest". Nashville outshot St. Louis 18-4 in the period. "I am pretty sure that is what the "C" is for, so the league can deal with them".

- The Eastern Conference continues to outscore the Western but the gap has fallen from 0.84 goals per game in Round 1 to 0.4 so far in Round 2. With all that said, though, Reaves was sent to the penalty box at the 4:11 mark in the third period.

"It was awesome today", Laviolette said. The shot was going wide, but Steen was able to get a stick on it. Fourth-liners Vernon Fiddler and Cody McLeod have the two game-winning-goals for the Predators this series. "They start to feel more confident".

Former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan also was in the stands for his second game this series wearing a Predators' sweater.

Pekka Rinne had something to say about that - 32 saves worth of something, actually - as he dominated during what amounted to a battle of netminding wits. Anchoring the entire effort is the veteran Rinne, who has been in Nashville since the 2008 season when he was all of 25. Nashville's defensemen now have accounted for 20 points in this postseason with seven goals and 13 assists. David Desharnais' pass went off the skate of Anton Slepyshev, flew into the air and hit Ducks defenseman Theodore before fluttering across the goal line.

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