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Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

With a win in Game Six over St. Louis in Round Two, the Predators have advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history, a monumental step for the hockey club, the city and their fans.

The Predators have made it to Round 2 just four times in franchise history, and lost each time-including previous year, when they fell to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7.

It was the first even-strength goal scored against Nashville in the first period in the playoffs, and it gave the Blues the lead at the intermission for the first time in the series.

Calle Jarnkrok sealed it with an empty-net marker at 19:00, making him Nashville's 14th different goal-scorer of the playoffs.

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However, United are on track to reach the Europa League final, having beaten Celta Vigo 1-0 away from home in the first leg of their last-four tie.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, is checked by St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, of Sweden, center, during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, M.

Next round, they will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers. "We've got to go into it with the mindset of closing this out, knowing that it's going to be a tough game and just be the best version of ourselves". But the Blues forced this matinee contest by edging out a 2-1 win at home in Game 5. The series would need all seven games, with the Predators eliminating the Ducks in their first seven-game series and move on to the second round for the third time in franchise history. Like Allen for the Blues, Pekka Rinne has been sensational for the Predators. "I don't know that we thought he would be as good as he was tonight because he was impressive", Yeo said in his post-game press conference.

Former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan also was in the stands for his second game this series wearing a Predators' sweater. "And that's what we asked our guys before the game is whatever happens good, bad, you have to make sure that you come back and you're ready to go out and perform". St. Louis will obviously hope for a third.

The Oilers rebounded after failing to hold a three-goal lead with four minutes remaining in regulation in Game 5. They had been 12-1-1 on the road, including three wins in Minnesota in taking the first round.

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Pyatt tipped a Zack Smith by Lundqvist at 8:50 to move the Senators ahead while Hoffman's first goal scored at 8:17 to tie it up. Vesey pulled the Rangers in front 4-3 with his first career playoff goal when he pounced on a rebound of Brady Skjei's shot.

Nashville had quite a response, however, as Mattias Ekholm found Josi at the side of the Blues' net just 35 seconds into the middle frame to even the score at 1-1. They have gotten goals from a league-best 13 players, and they're spreading the wealth around with seven players scoring game-winning goals.

"He got me into a position where I could be alone with the goalie", Johansen said of Weber.

Tarasenko's shot from the right circle hit off Rinne, then Stastny who knocked the puck in for the goal.

It was just the second goal of the playoffs for Johansen, who credited defenseman Yannick Weber for pushing him into the play. Tune in if you aren't hopping on one of those tour buses to watch the game in person.

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But lose like that? No". "I was pleased with the fact it set off a good second-half performance", added Kompany. Against United we created 19 chances - no goals. "I remember one game where the opponent created more chances".

Predators are 4-0 in their last four home games. After the scoreless first period Predators Coach Peter Laviolette admitted as much during intermission. Ryan Getzlaf had two goals and a primary assist in the frame to propel the Ducks to a 3-2 lead.


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