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Game Notes: Game 2 vs. Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues rallied from a 3-1 third period deficit in Game 1 but ultimately fell when veteran Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. The Blues scored a pair of third period goals for the first time in the 2017 postseason in Game 1 and held a 3-2 edge in 5-on-5 scoring. The Blues have won six of their last eight home games against the Predators and have a 2-1 record in their last three Game 2s. St. Louis has also gone 2-1 in their last three series in which they lost Game 1.

What to Watch

Colton Parayko was a monster for the Blues in Game 1. The second-year pro scored his second goal of the postseason while recording 12 total shot attempts, including five on goal. Parayko also tallied a plus-3 rating for the second consecutive game. For his career, Parayko has accumulated 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists) and a plus-18 rating in 93 games at Scottrade Center (reg. + postseason).

Video: Parayko, Barbashev highlight Game 2 storylines

Quick Hits
  • The Blues delivered a postseason-high 36 hits in Game 1, including 10 from Ryan Reaves
  • Jake Allen allowed just two even-strength goals in Game 1, maintaining the third-best even-strength save percentage (.960) this postseason
  • Jaden Schwartz has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and a plus-16 rating over his last 25 games (reg. + postseason)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1970, Jacques Plante recorded his 14th (and final) career playoff shutout, when he led the Blues to a 5-0 win over the Penguins, in St. Louis, in Game 5 of the Western Division Semi-Finals. Frank St. Marseille led the scoring with a hat trick.

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