They'll also succeed if they find a way to stop his pusher from supplying him with his sweet-sweet drugs. You have to give our guys credit. With a thunderous crack of his stick on the ice, Subban scored his first playoff goal as a Predator and single-handedly brought the game back to life. "Big-time goals from a big-time player that's done it all year for us". Anaheim may get back some personnel on the blue line with Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen possibly being ready to go for the start of this series.
The Oilers have found themselves moving on to round 2 by sending the San Jose Shorks back to their choking ways after dispatching them in 6 games.
Nashville's Peter Laviolette coached Stastny when he was an assistant on the United States' 2014 Olympic team in Sochi. Instead of staying down and protecting a tight angle against Fiddler, Allen attempted to poke the puck away from the Nashville forward, but Fiddler flipped the puck past Allen for the lead.
Derek: I'm still not sold on Jake Allen as a goaltender that can survive an entire playoff run, and the Predators, after rolling over Chicago, will put up a lot more offense than the Wild did. "It's not an easy thing to do, but let's face it; we can sugarcoat it, but that's why they pay me, you know?"
That's a tough loss for a Nashville team that's won all five playoff games so far and for a young player who is coming off a strong first full season in the National Hockey League.
Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he hurt his left in the second period against St. Louis. His injury led to a 17-minute delay while Fiala received medical attention.
St. Louis pulled within one when Parayko slipped a shot through Rinne's legs with 11:56 remaining in the second.
Wes: I picked with my head in round one, not my P.K. Subban-loving heart.
The phrase "must-win" is overused in sports, but anyone would agree that going down 0-2 to the Nashville Predators before heading into their building for Games 3 and 4 was not a scenario the Blues desired.
Third period push - Down two, the Blues had no choice but to push the envelope and go for it in the third period. "There are some things we can learn from that but the reality is the second period was not good enough and ultimately it cost us the game". They have yet to lose in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs after sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. The Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference final that season with Subban posting 1-7-8 totals in 14 games and a star was born in Montreal.
It was Subban who set the tone of the game early on with a goal that turned out to be an assist; a tone that only he can drive. Two of the Predators' goals came on power plays. It was a really, really nice play and a patient play. "That's not normally what he does for us".
National Hockey League scoring champion Connor McDavid was limited to one secondary assist in the opener, but the Oilers got four points from German star Leon Draisaitl and another big chunk of help from lesser-known talents. Blackhawks fans were a bit surprised because they only won the first round of the playoffs, but this was a big moment for their fan base. "This group has been through a lot this year, and it's starting to show".
Mike Heika's prediction: Anaheim has won 15 of its last 18 games and could be getting healthier.
"We have to be better, we have to be better at that", Yeo said.
Branco said he's going to keep the sign up until the Predators are eliminated from the playoffs. St. Louis has had more power plays than their opponents only once in six games, with nary a single five-on-three. "We get it down low and we work them down low". But they will need to be a much different team than they were in the opening round. "And then both teams had a few breakdowns, and I think both teams capitalized on them".
The Blues had 3:28 left in the penalty when the second period opened, but only managed one shot on goal before the penalty expired. The Ducks promptly sprung to life and attacked the net, with Eaves flipping home a rebound 85 seconds before Silfverberg tied it with his own rebound goal.
"Yeah, we got to our grind, that's our game", Reaves said. They are now 1-2 at home this season, compared to a 3-0 record on the road. We know what we have to do, though.
Another 3-1 lead disappeared as the Oilers squandered a two-goal difference in just under five minutes.