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October 19 2017, 11:42 | Van Peters
Defensively, the Preds continued to suppress the St. Louis offense, outshooting the Blues 34-23 in Game 3.
The Nashville Predators head home to take on the St. Louis Blues in game three of their second round playoff series under the roof of Bridgestone Arena. Nashville defensemen have scored a league-leading eight goals this postseason. "We obviously have to be way better". That's what we look to do. - Dak Prescott, who was spotted in his own Predators apparel from the Game 3 audience.
Defenseman Joel Edmundson gave St. Louis hope with his third goal of the playoffs on a one-timer from the left circle at 16:11. They were being terribly outplayed at that point, but somehow found themselves trailing just 2-1 with 27 minutes still to play.
Can the St. Louis Blues even up their NHL Playoff series with the Nashville Predators when the two meet in Game 4 tonight at 9:30PM ET?
"It's a hard-fought game", Steen said. "It was tight. Chances were hard to come by. We had some good scoring chances and the game's at 2-1 and then get hemmed in a little bit and ends up costing us that third goal, which is tough".
As the series turns to Game 4 on Tuesday, the Predators and Blues will face a pivotal turning point. A lack of discipline proved costly against the Predators, but there were much bigger concerns for coach Mike Yeo after Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Ryan Ellis scored at 5:09 of the third to break up a scoreless game. They took a quick 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf, and the Oilers appeared be stunned by the quick onslaught.
The bottom two forward lines provided relief for the Blues during the regular season when Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, and even Tarasenko went through their respective goal droughts. Former Duck Patrick Maroon, who scored the game-winning tally on the power play Friday, has no trouble in that regard after setting career highs in both goals (27) and points (42) to go along with personal bests in rating (plus-13) and games played (81). McLeod was assisted by Colton Sissons and Mattias Ekholm.
The Blues pulled Allen with 2:43 left and came agonizingly close to equalizing with 1:08 remaining, but Paul Stastny couldn't corral a loose puck at the left post with an empty net staring at him.
To start the second period, Cody McLeod of the Predators' netted the second goal of the night with a tip-in from a rebound behind the Blues' net. 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.
St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo also wasn't happy with the way the officials called the penalties from the scrum.
The Oilers dominated in the second period, and they tied the score via goals by Anton Slepyshev and Connor McDavid.
The thing the Blues have going for them is the knowledge that they have been in every game down the wire.