Predators oust Blues to make franchise history

Hoping to clinch their first berth in the conference finals, the Predators will have another chance in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen watches as fans celebrate following the Predators' win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Nashville Predators are headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

Allen didn't see many shots on net, with just 15 saves, but made three stops on breakaways by Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Colton Sissons in the third period to keep St. Louis in contention.

This is, remember, a youthful, inconsistent team that also coughed up a 2-0 series lead it had built in Anaheim.

Dmitrij Jaskin scored in his first playoff game this season and Jaden Schwartz got the victor as the St Louis Blues kept their series alive against the Nashville Predators.

Alexander Steen had been nursing a lower body injury since Game 1 of the Blues' 1st round series against the Minnesota Wild and had not practiced throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jaskin had just one goal in 51 games this season.

"I think our line has been doing a really good job, getting pucks back from the forecheck", Lindberg said.

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Lindberg scored both of the Rangers' second-period goals. At that point in the series, Nashville backliners had accounted for half of the team's 32 points as well as seven of its goals. "Just got to have confidence in our abilities as a team and individuals and go out there and execute". Viktor Arvidsson made a lead pass to Johansen breaking into the zone, and Johansen deked around St. Louis goalie Jake Allen for his second goal.

The demise of the Blues' season came in a predictable, and nearly fitting way: The team could not score enough goals. SlapShot Radio is the longest running hockey show in the mid-south and Pete Weber and I bring you the best in hockey talk all playoffs long.

Game 3 was a 6-3 victory that got away from the Oilers in a hurry once the third period started. However, a goal by Roman Josi in the second period tied the game after the Blues scored early in the first period. "Sure, we could have played better in the first couple of games but never have I not been proud of this group".

Jaskin had a career-high eight shots on goal. After this second round, there's only four teams left.

"We had to do it tonight and we did it and everybody's happy", Jaskin said. "There were some times when we got around the net and some pucks just kind of squirted by". They scored first, so we're chasing the game at that point as well.

Mike Fisher blocked three Vladimir Tarasenko shots for the Predators during the Blues' two-man advantage.

The Predators were able to kill off the remainder of the Blues' extended Power Play and two more penalties in the second period, and have now stopped 13 of 14 opportunities St. Louis has had in this series with the man advantage.

"Out of sync again", Pietrangelo said. "We had opportunities but not enough as we would probably like".

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