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Predators defeat Blues, advance to first conference final

Ryan Johansen scores tiebreaking goal in Game 6 for Nashville, which will play Oilers-Ducks winner

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in history with a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

The Predators won the best-of-7 series 4-2.

Nashville improved to 8-2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 4-0 all-time at home with an opportunity to close out a series. The Predators will play the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers in the conference final.

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Steen's status unknown for Game 6

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

NASHVILLE - Could the Blues get Alexander Steen back for today's Game 6 in Nashville?

We won't know the answer to that question until just before the puck drops today at 2 p.m. CT (NBCSN, Y98 FM), but we do know that Steen won't play if he doesn't feel like he can help the team.

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Blues put character on display ahead of Game 6

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

NASHVILLE - With their backs against the wall and without one of their top impact players and key leaders in Alexander Steen, the Blues put together a strong 60-minute effort Friday and ended up with a 2-1 win to extend the series and force a Game 6 on Sunday in Nashville (2 p.m. CT, NBCSN, Y98 FM).

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Game Notes: Game 6 at Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues put on one of their best 2017 postseason performances in Game 5, forcing a return date to Music City. The Blues recorded 32 shots, 31 hits and 25 blocks in Game 5 while they held the Predators to just 22 shots - the fewest they've allowed this postseason. With the victory, the Blues improved to 3-1 in their last four potential elimination games, while Mike Yeo improved to 3-3 in such games in his coaching career. The Blues will look to bring the series back to Scottrade Center for a Game 7 on Tuesday. The Blues were 2-0 in Game 7s last season, beating Chicago in Round 1 and Dallas in Round 2.

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Blues defeat Predators in Game 5, extend series

Jaden Schwartz breaks tie early in third, Dmitrij Jaskin scores to help St. Louis avoid elimination

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Dmitrij Jaskin scored in his first game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the St. Louis Blues earn a chance to play at least one more.

The Blues extended the Western Conference Second Round with a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 at Scottrade Center on Friday.

"It's unbelievable," Jaskin said. "What we had to do tonight, we did, and everybody's happy. We can enjoy it now for a few minutes and then forget it and get another one." 

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Blues say they're confident entering Game 5

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Back in mid-January, things looked awfully grim for the St. Louis Blues.

The club had started the season 15-7-4 but then went 9-14-1 after that. The rough patch led to a coaching change - Ken Hitchcock was replaced after six seasons behind the bench and Mike Yeo was promoted ahead of schedule. Then, Robby Fabbri sustained a season-ending injury and the Blues traded Kevin Shattenkirk just before the trade deadline.

An appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs - which Blues fans have come to pretty much take for granted because it happens nearly every year - was suddenly in doubt.

But did the Blues roll over? Did they say "things aren't going right, so let's forget it and try again next year?"

They could have. But they didn't.

Instead, they rallied.

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Game Notes: Game 5 vs. Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues are facing elimination after dropping Games 3 and 4 in Nashville. Now facing a 3-1 deficit, the Blues will attempt to win Game 5-7 for the third time in franchise history. The last time they accomplished that was 1999, when Grant Fuhr made 35 saves and Pierre Turgeon scored at 17:59 of the first OT as the Blues beat the Coyotes in Phoenix. Overall this season, the Blues have won at least three consecutive games on seven different occasions. They have lost consecutive games for the first time since early March, but in that instance, the losing streak sparked a five-game win streak. St. Louis has won seven of their last nine home games against the Predators overall and Head Coach Mike Yeo has gone 2-3 in elimination games in his coaching career. In 2014, Yeo's Wild faced a 3-2 deficit heading into Game 6 in Colorado but were able to stave off elimination and then win Game 7 at home to advance to the second round.

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Predators hold off Blues to win Game 4, take 3-1 series lead

Ryan Ellis scores to extend point streak, Pekka Rinne makes 32 saves

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Ryan Ellis and James Neal scored in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

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Blues could make lineup changes for Game 4

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

NASHVILLE - After a 3-1 loss to Nashville in Game 3, Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo hinted that there might be a few lineup changes before tonight's Game 4 (8:30 p.m., NBCSN, Y98 FM).

"We've got a group that got us here and we still have a lot of confidence. There's no panic on our side," Yeo said. "But that doesn't mean we're not going to try to tweak some things and find some ways to get a little bit stronger in our game and find some better combinations. That's what we'll be looking for."

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Game Notes: Game 4 at Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues suffered their first road loss of the postseason in Game 3 and will look to even the series in the second installment in Music City. The last two times the Blues have faced a 2-1 series deficit, they evened the series in Game 4 (2016 vs. SJS, 2015 vs. MIN). St. Louis' Game 3 loss was a bit of an oddity as they have won nine of their last 11 road games. However, they will be looking to snap a four-game skid at Bridgestone Arena as their last win here came on Feb. 2 (1-0 W).  

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