Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game with 3:51 to play in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win Friday night over the Nashville Predators.
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.
However, with 5:49 left in regulation, Nashville defenceman Roman Josi gave the Predators a 3-1 lead, two-goal cushion that they wouldn't relinquish while sending the Blues to their first road loss of the playoffs.
Rinne then turned aside five shots during the Blues' first power play that bridged the second and third periods.
St. Louis scored it with 7:01 remaining in the second and that was there first shot of the period.
Nashville's defensive unit has also accounted for most of the team's offense as well, with at least one defenseman contributing to 12 of the last 13 goals for the team in the playoffs.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Nashville, with the Predators seeking to move one step closer to their first appearance in the conference finals.
Ellis pounced on the rebound of a Colin Wilson shot at 5:09 during a power play, slotting a wrister under Scottie Upshall and to the right of diving goalie Jake Allen for his fourth goal of the playoffs.
If St. Louis wins, Mayor Barry will ship off a basket of a country music compilation album, an assortment of BBQ sauces and rubs from local providers, Nashville-made Goo Goo Clusters, and a special Predators jersey.
Like scoring a goal for the third consecutive games.
"If we get a chance as a D corps, there are a lot of guys who can skate and we try to join the rush and make something happen", Josi said. You would hardly know that from the media coverage heading into the series and surrounding game one.
After fumbling a big lead in Game 2, the Rangers mostly nullified the Senators, though Ryan helped J.G. Pageau keep his unexpected goal tear going with a sublime setup.
Through three games, the Blues have yet to scratch out the first goal in a game.
The Oilers won the first two games of their Western Conference second-round series against the Ducks in Anaheim, but the Ducks came back to take Game 3 by a 6-3 count on Edmonton's home ice on Sunday.
St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo also wasn't happy with the way the officials called the penalties from the scrum. He denied Vladimir Tarasenko twice on point-blank looks from the high slot before the midway point of the first period.
After two periods of play, Nashville outshot St. Louis 29-14.
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"I thought that they did a really good job lobbying for that, and I mean every stoppage they're yelling at the refs", Yeo said of the Predators. Fiala was expected to return to Nashville with the team following the game and doctors said he will need four to six months to recover from the broken femur he suffered in Game 1.