Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game 3 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Ellis put the Predators ahead 2-1 at 3:07 of the third period, taking advantage of a turnover by Vladimir Sobotka and firing a slap shot past Allen.

To start the second period, Cody McLeod of the Predators' netted the second goal of the night with a tip-in from a rebound behind the Blues' net.

Lehtera had two assists in Game 5 of the first-round series, a 4-3 overtime win that earned the Blues a berth in the second round.

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

In seven games, Ellis also is one point shy of Roman Josi's franchise record for points by a defenseman in a single postseason. The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 and have won eight in a row at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs dating back to a year ago. Ellis took a shot from the point that deflected off Colton Sissons and then Neal before deflecting over Allen and into the net. The Blues pulled Allen with 2:43 remaining for a sixth attacker, but Pekka Rinne stood tall in the endgame, finishing with 32 saves.

If the Blues hope to escape Nashville with a split in the series, Yeo must find out which of his role players will be as committed as the Predators.

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The Predators went 24-9-8 at home during the regular season at Bridgestone Arena where they have sold out every game, including both home games this postseason when they finished off a sweep of Chicago in the first round.

The Blues were leading 8-4 in shots at the time of Reaves' penalty, but then went almost 11 minutes with a shot on goal before getting two at the end of the first period.

Additionally, the Nashville forwards did an excellent job of backchecking throughout the game and limited St. Louis to 23 shots on goal. "Like you said, it's disappointing to be up halfway through the third there, but you have to stay out of the box".

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues Sunday with two critical Game 3's. "It's a good goal for us".

The Nashville Predators finally had a chance to show how they would react to their first loss this postseason. Except Preds defenseman P.K. Subban wasn't letting the Blues cut into any sort of Nashville's lead. I thought we played well too. His third-period goal helped the Blues break the tie with less than four minutes left, and it went on to be the game-winner. Whether we actually get that A-game remains to be seen. The strategy coming into the series seemed to be how can we match up better with St. Louis grinding style of play?

Through three games, the Blues have yet to scratch out the first goal in a game.

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