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Louis Blues take strong dose of optimism into offseason

19 Mai 2017

After this second round, there are only four teams left.

"If we were a little bit better in an area here or there, then that series could have taken a different turn and who knows what we're saying", Yeo said.

Notes: The Predators' only playoff series clinched outside of Nashville came in Game 7 in Anaheim to clinch their first-round series past year. "Right now, I'm pretty happy". Subban says it's easily the deepest unit he's ever played with. Not another player is more loved than Pekke.

Josi had a goal and assist in yesterday's clinching game, and in the dressing room Subban grabbed the recorder of Predators communications coordinator Brooks Bratten to conduct a brief interview.

The No. 8-seeded Predators pulled off an upset by sweeping the top-ranked Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and then defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games to advance to the third round, where they'll play the victor of Edmonton-Anaheim, with Game 7 of that matchup going Wednesday night. The reality is that number is even higher.

The 20-year-old future face of the National Hockey League made a bold declaration after the Game 5 loss, per Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: "There's not much that can really be said right now".

Tarasenko's shot from the right circle hit off Rinne, then Stastny who knocked the puck in for the goal. St. Louis, Allen 6-4 (22-21). But his impact is very tangible.

"Joey's our No. 1 center, he's our most important guy and every time he's going, the team's playing well", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Well, he's been excellent all year, but down the stretch he's been terrific in the postseason". People think that's an oxymoron but from the time I've been there the price point of our tickets was such that everyone could attend.

The first overtime was full of good chances, and Edmonton's Kris Russell cleared a loose puck out of a lonely crease six minutes into the extra period. It is nearly like a personal affront to him that someone would even try it. But the Blues have shown throughout this series, and the one before it, that they don't need to be flawless to win.

"But coming in here, I just believed in myself, and I'm going to continue believing in myself that I can get it done", Johansen said. He started on a line with LW Dmitrij Jaskin and C Patrik Berglund. So it's nearly like taking a hit. As a side note... a big thank you to Bridgestone and Erie Insurance for not getting their sponsored segments last night...

His defensemen like it as well.

Basically do everything that the Blues did in game 5, except one thing. Creating a good defensive game for Seguin is a big start to creating a solid defense for the Stars.

"You'd like to score earlier, but you don't really think about that", he said.

The fact that Rinne is still able to make those reads this far into May is not lost on him, and he considers it the finest moment of his career.

The Predators got forward Craig Smith back for the first time in this series after he was hurt in Game 3 against Chicago in the first round. "But you're out here to win". You can't get the fans out of their seats in Toronto or Calgary unless it's a three-on-nothing breakaway. "I thought those could have gone either way". With playoff hockey, it's understood that goals are going to be hard to come by, but the Blues will need to take better advantage of the kinds of opportunities they got away with squandering Friday.

Louis Blues take strong dose of optimism into offseason