Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

In the third period, the 17,240 in attendance at Bridgestone Arena combined to create decibel levels not often heard indoors. Fans will be able to pick out season-ticket seats for the 2017-18 season. In that sense, the hulking goaltender is Predators personified and was understandably beaming when, in his 566th National Hockey League game, he finally led the franchise to its first berth in the Western Conference finals. By virtue of the lower point total, Nashville will begin the series on the road, but that clearly hasn't fazed them to this point.

"It's part of our system", Josi said.

The Predators, who began play in 1998, now are the NHL's only undefeated team at home this postseason with a nine-game winning streak dating to last season.

The demise of the Blues' season came in a predictable, and nearly fitting way: The team could not score enough goals. Arvidsson slipped a nice pass to Johansen in the high slot.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, gets a new water bottle during the second period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. But that total jumped seven - yes, seven - goals on Sunday during an early and relentless assault on Anaheim, so there's little else to say other than that Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Zack Kassian and the Oilers are still very much alive and touting more than enough resiliency to claim this series. "To contribute tonight and close the second round was huge".

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Mike Leake won his fourth straight decision, Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Saturday night. Rinne made 23 saves, none bigger than his pad stop on Kyle Brodziak at the goalmouth about halfway through the third period.

Allen, who made three of his 15 saves on breakaways after Johansen's goal, was pulled for a sixth attacker with 2:22 left.

Austin Watson #51 and Filip Forsberg #9, congratulate teammate Calle Jarnkrok #19 on scoring an open net goal against the St. Louis Blues.

For the Blues, it was a bitter end to a season which saw them post the NHL's second-best record since Mike Yeo took over coaching duties after Ken Hitchcock was sacked February 1. As it went on, they kind of took it to us; it wasn't our best. "It wasn't until Game 4 we started trying to dictate play and then know we could weather storms and it was too little, too late". Nashville RW Craig Smith drew back into the lineup after missing the last six games with an undisclosed injury. The Predators scratched D Anthony Bitetto, RW PA Parenteau, RW Miikka Salomaki, D Brad Hunt, C Frederick Gaudreau, G Marek Mazanec, LW Pontus Aberg and LW Harry Zolnierczyk.

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