Tarasenko scores twice as Blues beat Predators 3-2

Nashville now leads the series 2-1.

The speed and scoring prowess of Nashville, on full display against the Blackhawks in the first round, was a highlight once again in Game 3 vs. the Blues, when even blueliners like Ellis and Roman Josi had a hand in putting pucks past Allen. Wilson has six shots and a goal in three games against the Blues after missing the entire first round with a lower-body injury. Playing with momentum after a Patrick Maroon goal with 40 seconds left in the first period, goals by Anton Slepyshev and Connor McDavid tied the game at 3. St. Louis scored it with 7:01 remaining in the second and that was there first shot of the period. In Game 1 against the Predators, the Blues made a third-period surge but ended up losing the game.

The St. Louis Blues face a pivotal Game 4 tonight in the Music City against the Nashville Predators. However, they are continually putting pressure on Jake Allen to be superhuman every night in order to pull that off.

As the series turns to Game 4 on Tuesday, the Predators and Blues will face a pivotal turning point. NY has won three straight playoff games at Madison Square Garden after losing six straight on home ice, including Game 3 of the first round against Montreal. "It was deadlocked at zeroes for most of the game and we just got a couple of bounces".

With coach Mike Yeo and the Blues making adjustments, hockey pundits say better play around the puck is needed. For the Capitals to get anything going, their star goalie must be better.

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He finished the regular season with 39 goals and 75 points in 82 games and missed just seven games over the past three years. That's because there aren't many teams who can go player-for-player on the backend with Nashville. They were flat-footed in the first two periods, and it cost them.

The two teams will reconvene in Edmonton Wednesday night in the fourth game of the series.

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo had a shot go off the post within the first five minutes of the third. We have to handle some of the cross checks that they were giving us and stay on our feet in those situations to allow us to keep some of the puck possession time in the offensive zone.

Forwards Zach Sanford and Magnus Paajarvi are expected to replace Kyle Brodziak and Ivan Barbashev in the 8:45 p.m game at Bridgestone Arena. If I was the guy doing statistics for the team (not the league), I'd count it as a power play goal.

The Predators never got the man advantage in losing Game 2 in St. Louis, and they got their first almost midway through the first period.

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