Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1

The St. Louis Blues will try to even their second-round playoff series with the Predators Tuesday night in Nashville. Silfverberg's second goal of the game, challenged for offside but upheld, and Ryan Kesler's goal in the third period iced the game for the Ducks, who improved to 3-0 on the road during the playoffs.

When you think about the great defensemen who've played for the Nashville Predators, you think of those who've left (Shea Weber, Ryan Suter) and those who picked up the torch (P.K. Subban, Roman Josi). Yeo took Alexander Steen off their line midway through Game 3 and replaced him with Ryan Reaves, who usually plays on the fourth line. The Blues hadn't scored the first goal in either game in St. Louis. Goaltender Jake Allen also stood tall when it mattered most, making 14 saves in the final 20 minutes after facing only nine shots in the first two periods. 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. Pekka Rinne has had a stellar season and he's been at least on-par on paper with his counterparts Corey Crawford and Jake Allen. Allen made the save, but McLeod banked the rebound off his pads and in. They matched the Predators' intensity, and Allen matched Rinne to keep the game scoreless.

Fans of both teams gathered outside Bridgestone Arena for Game 4 Tuesday in Tennessee. The Predators won 39 of 63 faceoffs Sunday, the second time in the series they dominated St. Louis in the circle.

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017.

Anaheim's first-period onslaught continued at 11:51.

Allen starred again for the Blues with 23 stops, many of them of the 10-bell variety.

Even when they won Game 2, it was not a full effort the entire time. A Ducks win would square the series, while the Oilers could take a 3-1 lead if they can bounce back from Sunday's home defeat.

It has been awhile since St. Louis had that kind of clunker, but this is not the time of year you want it to creep back in. "They're talking to the refs.it's been that way all series".

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

"I got my stick on it and just tried to put it on net", Neal said. They cleaned up that part with no power plays against them in the Game 2 victory.

- 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.

The Predators' four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round of the postseason was just the beginning.

Rakell got a long pass from Getzlaf behind the Edmonton defense and scored on a breakaway 25 seconds in for the fastest playoff goal to start a game in franchise history.