Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Nashville Advances to First Ever Conference Finals

Nashville Advances to First Ever Conference Finals

Pekka Rinne raised both arms in the air to celebrate. In celebration of this victory, the Preds will hold a Select-A-Seat at Bridgestone Arena this Tuesday, May 9 from 4- 8 p.m. (CT) for fans to pick out season-ticket seats for the 2017-18 season. Only Allen kept the Predators from padding that lead with save after save, including a big stop on a breakaway by Filip Forsberg.

"It's something we haven't done before", said the 34-year old Rinne, the team's longest-tenured player. "It's a great feeling, but there's a lot of work left".

The Blues got the all-important first goal of the game, but the Predators responded with two, including the game-winner from a top line that had been silenced throughout the series.

Game 7 for Nashville looked like a real possibility after one period Sunday.

St. Louis took the first seven shots and went up 1-0 on Stastny's goal, a wrister just 2:04 into the game off assists from Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. Three unanswered goals propelled the Preds to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

This was a painful loss for St. Louis.

"Joey's our No. 1 center, he's our most important guy and every time he's going, the team's playing well", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. This is why you play this game.

But Nashville needed just 35 seconds of the second period to equalize.

Roman Josi's fourth goal of the playoffs was the sixth of the series from the Preds' defensemen, meaning almost half of their 13 goals in the series at that point had come from the blueline.

It was Josi's fourth goal of the playoffs and continued a trend of Predators defensemen supplying scoring. That was the ninth goal by a Nashville defenseman this postseason, a franchise record.

"It's part of our system", Josi said.

The Predators' production from the blue line has been a major reason for their success in the second round. The Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks four games to none during their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series to advance to Round 2. Arvidsson slipped a nice pass to Johansen in the high slot. Rinne has permitted just 14 goals in 10 games in the playoffs.

"I was pinching and the puck chipped out and they went down on a break", Parayko said. "To contribute tonight and close the second round was huge".

Channeling desperation into perhaps their most complete effort of the playoffs, the St. Louis Blues stayed alive in their Western Conference semifinal series with the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history. The event will also be the first chance to purchase Western Conference Final merchandise from the Team Store.

Paul Stastny scored for St. Louis, which fell short of a second straight conference final.

"Definitely a great start, but they really started to push back", Yeo said. "So whoever they play next is going to have their hands full". Other Predators scratches were D Anthony Bitetto, RW PA Parenteau, D Brad Hunt, C Frederick Gaudreau, G Marek Mazanec, RW Pontus Aberg and C Vernon Fiddler.

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