Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

Ross Houston
May 8, 2017

The Oilers saw a 2-0 lead slip away in the second period.

The Nashville Predators cruised past the St. Louis Blue, 3-1, on Sunday to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time in team history, which is great but still not the Stanley Cup Final. Alexander Steen, who hasn't been practicing because of an undisclosed injury, will likely take Jaskin's place in the lineup on Friday night.

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok, of Sweden, right, falls back during a face-off with St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Sobotka (71), of the Czech Republic, during the second period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. "We've got to find ways to make plays, use our speed more and our size and hold onto pucks". "It's a joke. If someone knows what goalie interference is anymore, please call me and tell me".

Schwartz scored 25 seconds into the third period on a rebound off a Colton Parayko shot, giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

"He's had a really strong playoff for us", Yeo said of Sobotka. "You just go play and obviously when it's a tie game or a close game, you want to step up for your team".

Pekka Rinne has been fantastic, keeping the Predators in the game with some huge saves. Johansen's last goal came against the Chicago Blackhawks. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays.

Jaskin opened the scoring at 5:43 of the second period, putting home a rebound that bounced off Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from an Alex Pietrangelo shot. "I thought he was a force along the walls on both ends and a difference maker".

Then came the penalties - two minutes for James Neal and four minutes for Mattias Ekholm, 10 seconds apart.

"Definitely tonight Oscar's line came up big for us with a couple of big plays", Vigneault said.

"I think we've faced adversity before", Blues coach Mike Yeo said. Roman Josi rifled a one-timer glove side and from a sharp angle past netminder Jake Allen to tie the game at one just 35 seconds into the second period.

After Game 5 against the Nashville Predators, the Blues season remains on the brink-but Friday night, they weren't quite ready for curtains. Rinne now has a.923 save-percentage to go along with a 2.00 goals-against-average during the series with Saint Louis.

"It's gotta be better", Pietrangelo said of the power play, acknowledging that Steen's absence made things more hard Friday. "We had opportunities but not enough as we would probably like".

Yeo was happy with his team's resolve after the special teams struggles gave the Predators momentum.

We've got two Game 5s on the National Hockey League schedule, and a bit of history on the line.

Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and the host Edmonton Oilers rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, forcing a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series. In Game 4, Steen took a shot off his left foot forcing him to leave the game midway through the 1st period. Game 4 was crushing to Edmonton's spirit. This is their second chance at extending their season.

The Oilers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period.

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