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Predators Reach 1st Western Final in

18 Mai 2017

The Predators now lead the series 2-1 after a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

Kassian made it 3-0 just 1:03 after Draisaitl's second goal.

The seventh and deciding game is in Anaheim on Wednesday.

Assistant GM Martin Brodeur, who came out of the front office to serve as interim goalie coach to help resurrect Allen's season on February 1, will return to his pist as assistant GM and the team will hire a new goalie coach. The Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks four games to none during their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series to advance to Round 2.

In a continuation of St. Louis' 2-1 win in Game 5 on Friday, the Blues ceded little room to the Predators in the neutral zone.

That changed 3:15 into the third period. Of the 10 combined games, seven have been decided by a single goal and only one was decided by more than two goals. You could argue it began a decade ago when he brought in an aging, banged-up, 33-year-old Peter Forsberg for Scottie Upshall, 19-year-old defence prospect Ryan Parent and two draft picks.

Vladimir Tarasenko #91, Jaden Schwartz #17, and Joel Edmundson #6 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate after Schwartz scored the game-winning goal.

For Nashville, the current run into the Western Conference Final is the deepest its been. Second, the NHL's championship series is not called the "Finals", like the National Basketball Association.

"Derby was the no-fun file and the Predators are the fun file", he now jokes after Derby lost in a 2014 match that would have promoted them to English Premiership and made ownership $250 million.

"He's been great for us", Wilson said. "Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup", Subban told The Tennessean. "There's still a lot of hockey left to be played".

NOTES: Ducks D Kevin Bieksa, who has been out since he was forced to leave during Game 2, missed Game 6 due to injury. This is their second chance at extending their season.

Nashville Predators G Pekka Rinne is playing MVP-quality hockey at the moment. During each of the levels we wanted short stories to further flesh out his adventure, but the problem was where to place them. There's a lot of work left. It's a good feeling. The clichés for that situation consistently ring true: you have to take it one game at a time. I think nobody (is) happy with the result and we have time to think about it. Three of the team's top six playoff scorers are defensemen, including leading point-getter Ryan Ellis. They play strong defense and fight for the big goals.

The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason. Josi had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok added an empty-netter with 60 seconds left. Within the Nashville structure, he has played better and better this season, and now gets more minutes than any player other than standout rearguard Roman Josi.

But as the season progressed and Montreal began to falter and Nashville started to play better in the NHL's most challenging division, the narrative began to swing.

Paul Stastny gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead scoring just 2:04 into Sunday's game. Rinne has a goals saved above average number of 9.29.

Predators forward Colin Wilson called the trade another great move considering Nashville needed a big No. 1 center and got it in Johansen. He took a pass from Sweden's Viktor Arvidsson and deked goaltender Jake Allen for his second goal of the post-season. Only Allen kept the Predators from padding that lead with save after save, including a big stop on a breakaway by Filip Forsberg. "They scored first, we were chasing the game at that point as well". "It makes our job as [defensemen] much easier instead of going back for pucks".

The Nashville Predators have yet to lose a home game in the postseason and you can expect they'll have plenty of help from the home crowd as they chase their first ever conference finals trip.

"I saw last year's team, quite honestly, as the ending of an era with a certain group", Armstrong said.

Predators Reach 1st Western Final in