Predators edge Blues 2-1, take 3-1 series lead

Lose and they're tied 2-2 with only one game left in their own barn.

Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Preds face the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their best-of-seven playoff series.

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators. "We knew that coming in it's a huge game. Obviously a lot better than 2-2".

Rinne then turned aside five shots during the Blues' first power play that bridged the second and third periods.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Music, barbecue sauces and local candies are at stake in the Western Conference semifinal between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.

"We scored one goal tonight and fact of the matter is, we weren't even competitive", Yeo said. "That's a credit to our fans and the energy that comes into this building". Whether we actually get that A-game remains to be seen. Nine Anaheim players had at least three shots in the previous game.

The Blues were leading 8-4 in shots at the time of Reaves' penalty, but then went almost 11 minutes with a shot on goal before getting two at the end of the first period.

The Predators now have won seven of the eight games they have played this postseason, and more than half of the victories (four of them) have been by a single goal. The Oilers have won each of the four playoff series they started by winning the first two on the road. They took the lead in the first period and were not relinquishing it easily. Titans running back Demarco Murray was given this honor on Sunday. This game was no different, as Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town performed. If they want to reach the Western Conference finals for the second year in a row, they must now win three consecutive elimination games, beginning with Game 5 at Scottrade Center on Friday night. The Blues failed to win a draw when shorthanded (0/7) in Game 1.

Something had to give in this game.

Even with all the hype, the Blues made mincemeat out the Wild and sailed into Round 2 against the Nashville Predators. The Predators are rolling at home and are now 7-0 in their last home playoff games.

"Ultimately when you come back to the bench, whether you make a great play or you make a mistake, you got Lavi and you got (Hall of Fame defenseman) Phil Housley. who are correcting us", Subban said of the Predators assistant coach who is the NHL's fourth-ranked scoring defenseman.

Neal scored unassisted to give the Predators a 2-0 lead at 13:03 on a wrist shot from above the right faceoff circle. "Fidds (Vernon Fiddler) did that in Game 1, so yeah, so far, so good". Teams on the road just go out and play simple hockey.

Louis Blues Foundation agreed to donate $1,000 to their city's music museums - the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and the National Museum of Blues St. Louis - in celebration of their achievements this season, a press release from nashville.gov said.

Forget the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who are two wins away from handing the Washington Capitals another seemingly inevitable postseason exit.

Kris Russell collected two assists for Edmonton. The Oilers challenged the goal, and, after a lengthy video review, the call was confirmed. Ryan Ellis seems to be scoring goals at will, and top-six forwards like Neal are punching through when the need is there.

The defenseman scored Sunday when he swatted a loose puck toward - and ultimately into - the net.

Getzlaf beat Talbot with a wrist shot from the hashmarks with 8:09 remaining in the first.

Edmonton got one back with 39.5 seconds left in the period, with a shot taking deflections off Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Patrick Maroon before going in.

The Oilers pulled to 3-2 at 1:28 of the second when David Desharnais' centering pass from beside the net deflected off Slepyshev's skate and in. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the Plaza Party will begin at 5:30 p.m.