History made clinching Western finals berth, Preds now rest

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

Now, Yeo - who was supposed to take over as coach for the 2017-18 season anyway - has a leg up on what he wants to accomplish moving forward.

The Ducks will head back to southern California looking to end a trend of having lost a Game 7 at home in four straight years.

Lady Antebellum performed the National Anthem prior to the start of the Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Playoffs game at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday afternoon (May 7). In his career, the Alabama-Huntsville product is 2-5-1 against Nashville. That's the only point Arvidsson recorded in the entire second round, but it was a big one.

"You'd like to score earlier, but you don't really think about that", he said. "That's what we asked our guys before the game, whatever happens good, bad, you have to make sure you're ready to come back and you're ready to perform".

"I actually didn't know until warm ups", Dmitrij Jaskin said regarding his insertion into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the entire playoffs previous.

"One, because I like the Oilers".

Alexander Steen had been gritting through numerous physical ailments throughout the playoffs, and Friday was finally the day he succumbed.

Jaskin made his chance count. He had just one goal in 51 games this season. We pictured Pawcho as a game that could be played as a collaborative effort between parent and child.

Expectations for the Nashville Predators have been growing for some time. Ryan Johansen got the Preds out to a 2-1 lead at 3:15 in the third period with a backhanded shot.

The Predators have been successful because their speed has allowed them to attack and frequently get the opposition on their heels.

Paul Stastny got the visiting Blues on the scoreboard first.

Instead of the Blues needing to win three games in a row, they really only need to win one.

"It still stings", said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the team captain.

The Blues indicated last summer that, in addition to being a more youthful team after opting not to re-sign veterans David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Steve Ott, they would be smaller and faster, too - more conducive to the new National Hockey League. The trend going in was success for the team with home ice as Ottawa had won the first two games of the series and NY won Games 3 and 4 to even the series. They are 4-0 on home ice in the playoffs, including 3-1 and 2-1 wins in Games 3 and 4 against the Blues. Perhaps he can break out Sunday-somebody will have to.

This Nashville Predators answered that emphatically, especially after a start that could generously called "tight" with a resounding 3-1 win to capture their second round series with the St. Louis Blues.

And the one time recently he got a shot on net, things could not have turned out any better.

If Rinne continues his strong play, the sky is the limit for the Predators. Without a doubt, they'll be a rowdy bunch.

The Blues come out clicking on all cylinders.

There wasn't a Game 6 magic-maker for St. Louis, no Doug Wickenheiser lighting the lamp and igniting a miracle, no David Freese to see you Tuesday night. "That building's rocking. Always is, it's fun to play in. We're gonna have a huge test Sunday".

"It was surreal being in Wembley Stadium with 90,000 people and being on the cusp of what would have been a quarter of a billion dollars had we won that game".

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