Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

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Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them.

Members of the St. Louis Blues celebrate after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on May 5, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jaskin was inserted into the lineup in place of Alexander Steen, who was sidelined with a lower-body injury. I know we scored two goals in the third of Game 1 and Game 2.

They took another step Sunday, advancing to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history, moving past the Blues in six games.

"In every playoff game, to get the lead is really big", Berglund said. "Just got to have confidence in our abilities as a team and individuals and go out there and execute".

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The Blues were able to hold on to that lead thanks to a couple nice saves from Jake Allen, capping their best performance through this series so far. Pekka Rinne has given up 13 goals on 264 shots faced. It wasn't to be however, as the Blues overcame the Preds by a final score of 2-1, forcing a Game 6 in Nashville.

Ryan Johansen, who had an assist on Josi's goal, scored the game-winner on a 2-on-1 after skating up the slot and beating Allen with a backhander off a pass from Viktor Arvidsson at 3:15 of the third. Jaskin also recorded eight shots, four hits, and two takeaways. It would allow us to see how they respond to something like that. "I think we get a lot of pride shutting teams down in their building and we're going to have a huge test Sunday".

Nashville's special teams advantage became even more evident when they got their own 5-on-3 opportunity and Neal cashed in with his third goal of the series with 6:10 left in the second period.

"They were really good tonight", Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said. To win three games, you must first win one.

Mike Fisher had three blocks for the Predators - all on Vladimir Tarasenko - during the Blues' two-man advantage. The elite defensive lines of Nashville did not play up to their reputation, as on both goals Saint Louis was able to slip a forward directly in front of the crease. It's mostly unobjectionable-yes, Weber is a good defenseman, and yes, the Predators' success and the Canadiens' elimination are results of factors broader than the play of either individual-but it fails to justify its headline (the author, Jack Todd, claims that he couldn't explain why "the trade had to be made" because he didn't have enough space), and Todd went on Twitter to continue arguing his criticisms of Subban. We created a few chances and couldn't capitalize.

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