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Preds Bounce Back at Home, Beat Blues in Game Three

Ellis, McLeod, Josi Score for Nashville, Preds Take 2-1 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The blue line did it again.

Ryan Ellis opened the scoring and Roman Josi finished it off as the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game Three by a 3-1 final on Sunday afternoon to take a 2-1 series lead. The win gives Nashville seven consecutive playoff victories at Bridgestone Arena, and after the Predators said they had more to give in Game Three, they kept their word.

"I'll be honest, it was good to get back home in front of our fans and in the building," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was awesome today. That's a credit to our fans and the energy that comes into this building. You guys see that and get to experience it just like we do, so that's a real positive for us. But nobody likes losing, probably on any team, and you look for a response, and I thought the response was good today."

"It's a great response from last game from all of us," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "It was obviously nice to play in front of our fans and it was a big win."

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Game Three Infographic: Preds 3, Blues 1

Cody McLeod Nets the Game-Winner as the Predators Control Game Three From the Start

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Cody McLeod nets the game-winner as the Predators control Game Three from the start and take a 2-1 series lead. 

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Game Three: Blues vs. Preds

Series Shifts to Nashville as Predators Try for 2-1 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After splitting the first two games of Round Two in St. Louis, the Nashville Predators return home to host the Blues in Games Three and Four of the series, beginning this afternoon at Bridgestone Arena with a 2 p.m. CT start in Game Three.

The Preds are coming off their first loss of the 2017 postseason, a 3-2 decision in Game Two, after topping the Blues by a 4-3 final in Game One. Ryan Ellis tallied a goal and an assist for the Preds in Game Two, while Vladimir Tarasenko played the role of hero for St. Louis, scoring twice, including the game-winner late in period three.

"We're disappointed after Game Two, but it's 1-1," defenseman Roman Josi said Saturday. "It's a tight series, and I think we're pretty confident in the room. We still think we can play better than what we did in first two games and hopefully we can bring that [today]."

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Three Thoughts for Game Three

Predators Want to Play More 5-on-5 Hockey as They Seek Seventh-Straight Home Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Power Play Deciding Winner:

Special teams stayed dormant during the Predators' Round One series, but power plays and penalty kills have clearly made their impact in two games in Nashville's second postseason matchup.

In Game One, Nashville skated to the box a single time and fired two pucks home while on the man advantage in a 4-3 win. In Game Two, the Preds racked up 23 penalty minutes and didn't draw a single power-play opportunity. The Blues used five man-advantage chances - including a five-minute major - to effectively score twice (with their second goal coming moments after Filip Forsberg exited the box) and prevail 3-2.

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After Suffering First Playoff Loss, Preds Ready to Bounce Back

Predators Say They Have More to Give as Series Shifts to Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It was bound to happen eventually.

Ryan Ellis conceded the fact at his stall in the visiting locker room on Friday night, just moments after the Nashville Predators ended up on the wrong side of the scoresheet for the first time in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The goal, of course, is to win every time the Preds step on the ice, but the law of averages say that they puck doesn't always bounce your way.

"I don't think we expected to win 16 games straight and walk off with the Stanley Cup," Ellis said after Game Two.

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Predators Recall Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee (AHL).

Gaudreau has appeared in nine games for the Predators this season, and earned one assist, fired eight shots on goal and recorded a +1 rating. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 22 vs. Pittsburgh, and registered his first NHL point on Nov. 29 at Colorado with an assist.

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Blues Even Series as Preds Fall in Game Two

Ryan Ellis Tallies Goal, Assist, Nashville Loses for First Time in 2017 Postseason

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2, in Game Two to even their Second Round series at 1-1. It's the first loss the Preds have suffered of the 2017 postseason, and a late goal by the Blues sealed the result.

As was the case in Game One, St. Louis tallied twice in the third period, and a 5-0 count in power-play opportunities for the Blues didn't help Nashville's cause.

"I thought they played a much tighter game," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "Kudos to them, they played a good game too. It's disappointing to be up halfway through the third there [and then lose], but we have to stay out of the box, maybe get a call here and there and just capitalize on our chances. I thought we came at them down the stretch, but their goalie made some good saves."

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Game Two Infographic: Preds 2, Blues 3

Vladimir Tarasenko's Second Goal of the Game Hands the Preds Their First Postseason Loss

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis puts Nashville ahead in the third, but the Blues tie it and then use Vladimir Tarasenko's second of the night with under four minutes remaining in regulation to tie the series. 

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Photos: Game Two Morning Skate

The Best Shots from Nashville's Morning Skate Ahead of Game Two

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Check out the best shots from the Predators morning skate at Scottrade Center ahead of Game Two as Nashville looks to take a 2-0 series lead against the Blues.

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Game Two: Preds vs. Blues

Nashville Looks to Steal Another On the Road in St. Louis in Game Two

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After taking a 1-0 series lead for the second time in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators will try for their sixth consecutive win tonight when they take on the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

Game One was an instant classic with the Preds ultimately prevailing 4-3, thanks to Vernon Fiddler's game-winning goal with just over five minutes to play in regulation. P.K. Subban recorded a goal and two assists and Colin Wilson added a goal in his first game of the 2017 postseason, while Pekka Rinne collected his fifth consecutive win.

It wasn't all good news for Nashville in Game One, however, as they lost forward Kevin Fiala to a broken femur after he crashed into the boards. As they've already done in the playoffs, the Preds will rely on their depth once more as the series continues.

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