Predators reach first conference finals; Oilers roll, force Game 7 with Ducks

Predators reach first conference finals; Oilers roll, force Game 7 with Ducks

Predators reach first conference finals; Oilers roll, force Game 7 with Ducks

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).

There won't be a Game 7 on Tuesday in St. Louis, because the Blues mustered just one goal in Game 6 in Nashville (and come to think of it, just one goal in Game 3 and Game 4 in Nashville, as well).

Edmonton or Anaheim will be next as Nashville, which hosted an outstanding all-star game previous year, continues to establish itself as a true hockey city, not to mention a destination of choice for hockey fans.

St. Louis nearly tied it with the extra skater with just over a minute remaining, but Paul Stastny couldn't get his stick on a loose puck at the left post with an empty net in front of him.

Jesus Aguilar's first major league home run broke a seventh-inning tie, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the banged-up St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Thursday night.

Lindy Ruff didn't give the Stars the right strategy for the players he had in the 2016-2017 season. Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them. He had just one goal in 51 games this season.

As mentioned earlier this week, the Blues do have a history where they returned from 3-1.

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"We believe that we have a group that obviously we can build with and we can build internally with our young players and we can build internally with the competition of those young players", Yeo said. "But we'll learn from this and we'll find a way to get better". "A lot of people probably counted us out maybe potentially making the playoffs, maybe squeaking in, but I think even with the struggles we had mid-season, we proved we nearly caught second place in our division and we're still there". Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi share the team lead in goals with four (Ellis has nine points and Josi has eight). With McDavid, Draisaitl and others coming into their own, the Oilers look like a team on the rise that figures this is the first of many such postseason runs.

"We felt confident that he would go in and play a really good game", Blues coach Mike Yeo said. I think we're in a good spot.

"Right now it means everything", Rinne said.

Get bodies in front of Pekka Rinne and keep him moving side to side.

Game 6 is in Nashville on Sunday. Anaheim became the first team in Stanley Cup playoff history to force overtime or win a playoff game after trailing by three goals with less than four minutes left in regulation, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jake Allen only had to stop 21 shots, including a wrister from the right circle with just over six minutes left by Filip Forsberg. Their series is now tied 3-3 and Game 7 will take place in Anaheim on Wednesday. Paul Stastny poked home a loose puck, the Blues were up 1-0 and the Predators deflated.

The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason. To see Rinne leave his net as the puck comes around the boards and attack it, nearly as if he were making a save, is one of the most entertaining parts of his game. "Now we have a summer and we can come after the summer in the same way and we need everyone to compete harder, be ready for more".

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