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

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

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

The St. Louis Blues find themselves in a 2-1 series hole against the Nashville Predators and are trying to figure out what's behind their troubles.

Leading 2-1 with 7:31 remaining, the Predators hemmed the Blues in their defensive zone for 1:42, even after St. Louis won the draw and took the puck away.

St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game 3 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Nashville goaltender stopped 22 shots in the Game 3 win, but the Predators defense did much of the heavy lifting on offense to propel them to the victory.

St. Louis is well aware that in Game 4 Tuesday night, it will have to do a better job of accounting for the Predators' defensemen and their ability to produce points.

Officially, one out of every five shots (three of 15) he has gotten on net have gone in. You start to see them the longer you have been around and the more experience you gain.

Robert Bortuzzo rang the post behind Rinne in the third period's first five minutes, but the Blues couldn't generate any real sustained pressure after that until pulling Allen for the last 4:09.

Faceoffs don't just affect even-strength play, but special teams as well.

Game 4 was all about the goaltending, which is something that should have favored Allen and the Blues.

St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo also wasn't happy with the way the officials called the penalties from the scrum.

Ellis had a goal and an assist in Game 2 of this season. With players from both teams firing punches, the referees assessed roughing minors to Joel Edmundson and Ryan Reaves of St. Louis, along with Cody McLeod of Nashville. Instead of Game 4 as it was in the first round, this time Talbot had his issues in Game 3, a 6-3 seesaw loss to the Ducks that saw the Oilers come back but falter late.

Almost ten minutes later James Neal gave the Predators a 2-0 lead.

- 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. Then Ellis blocked a prime chance, and Filip Forsberg blocked the follow-up from the always-dangerous Vladimir Tarasenko.

Jakob Silfverberg #33 and Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate Silfverberg's goal against the Edmonton Oilers. St. Louis did not have to ice its penalty-killing unit in Game 2, the first time it's accomplished that in a playoff game since 1987.

NEW YORK (AP) - Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist to lead New York over Ottawa, cutting the Rangers' deficit to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. It also made Ellis the first defenseman with a seven-game point streak in the playoffs since Chris Pronger and Jason Woolley did it in 1998.