Nashville Tops St. Louis

The Nashville Predators continue to dominate the NHL Playoffs with a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues Sunday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators never trailed on their way to the win, receiving two goals from their blue line, book-ending the scoring with tallies from Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi surrounding a game-winner from Cody McLeod in the second period.

The Blues rallied for two third period goals and a 3-2 victory over the Predators Friday in St. Louis.

The loss was the first in the playoffs for the Predators this season and left the second-round series tied at one game apiece heading into Game 3 on Sunday in Nashville.

In Ottawa, Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, lifting the Senators to the win in the opener of their second-round playoff series.

St. Louis goalie Jake Allen had 22 saves, 14 in just the third period in game 2.

The Nashville Predators are officially on fire in this postseason, and now hold a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals over the St. Louis Blues. Allen finished with 23 saves as the Blues lost consecutive road games for the first time since February 28 and March 3.

"They're going to be a desperate team down 2-1", Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said.

They received a couple of them - and some help from the Washington Capitals - to scratch out a 3-2 win to take a 3-1 series lead. Ellis took the shot from the point and it deflected off Colton Sissons and then Neal before deflecting over Allen and into the net.

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

After my "expert" analysis of the first two games in the series, I've come to one distinct conclusion.

It would make sense then that the Blues' first shot of the period - off a glove, no less - would finally find the back of the net. However, they are continually putting pressure on Jake Allen to be superhuman every night in order to pull that off.

"I think our puck possession in the offensive zone, we have to be stronger on the puck".

This postseason has been something of a redemption tour for Fleury to this point, perhaps getting one last opportunity with the Penguins before some big decisions have to be made this summer. This coming after the Predators played keep away from the Blues for a good minute.

Nashville went into game two in St. Louis on a five game winning streak, the longest of their season and it couldn't have come at a better time as in post-season.

NOTES: Nashville D P.K. Subban had a Montreal restaurant named after him for the playoffs' remainder. McLeod became the 13th Nashville player to score this postseason, a goal that even got Laviolette to smile on the bench.

With coach Mike Yeo and the Blues making adjustments, hockey pundits say better play around the puck is needed.

"Music City has a loud building", Blues forward Scottie Upshall said.

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