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In a best-of-seven series, every road team talks about the need to earn a split in the first two games in order to steal home-ice advantage.

The Nashville Predators did just that in their Western Conference semifinal series with the St. Louis Blues, but they had reason to feel a little empty as they left Scottrade Center on Friday night. Leading 2-1 after Ryan Ellis' early third-period marker, Nashville couldn't hold back St. Louis' late push and allowed pair of goals to drop a 3-2 decision.

It was the first loss in six playoff games for the Predators, who try to regain the lead in the series on Sunday in Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

"You play some of the best teams in the league and it's tough to win every night," Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said. "We battled back like we've done so many times and showed a lot of character, but it's a disappointing feeling when they score two goals in the third."

Vladimir Tarasenko spearheaded the Blues' attack in Game 2, scoring their first goal during a five-minute power play late in the first period and then wiring a wrister past Rinne at 16:09 of the third to snap a 2-2 deadlock.

It was a nice comeback for Tarasenko, who didn't make the scoresheet in Game 1 on Wednesday night when Nashville won 4-3. Considering he has accounted for 22 goals in 40 postseason matches, it shouldn't have been all that surprising.

"He's really got his stick going now," St. Louis goalie Jake Allen said of Tarasenko. "I think he was a little frustrated with himself in the first series. He's a premier goal scorer and to not be able to score in the first few games was tough on him and I think he took it to heart."

Tarasenko managed just a goal and two assists in the Blues' 4-1 first-round elimination of Minnesota, although his performance in that series looked better than the statistics suggest. He set up Joel Edmundson's overtime goal in Game 1 and got the first tally of Game 5.

Rinne and the Predators weren't fooled by Tarasenko's low numbers from the Minnesota series.

"He has a great shot for a reason," Rinne said. "He scores a lot of goals. I've got to be aware of when he's on the ice."

Despite its first taste of postseason defeat, Nashville has reason to feel it still has its best hockey ahead. Although they played the majority of each game in St. Louis with just 11 forwards after Kevin Fiala fractured his femur in Game 1 and Vernon Fiddler was ejected in Game 2, the Predators outshot the Blues in both contests and have outhit them as well.

With the next two games at home, Nashville figures to come out of the gate flying, much like St. Louis did in the first two contests. However, the Blues have been a better road team in the last two postseasons, going 6-4 last spring and 3-0 this year.

"We knew it was going to be a long series," Allen said. "I don't think either team thought it would be a sweep for one side or the other. That's going to be rare in these ages."
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Vladimir Tarasenko was mostly kept off the scoresheet in the first round against the Minnesota Wild, but his coach said he was happy with the way he was battling and working hard for his teammates.

In Game 5 against Minnesota, Tarasenko finally lit the lamp and helped the Blues to an early lead. With two goals in Friday's Game 2 vs. Nashville, Tarasenko now has three goals in his last three games.

Tarasenko heating up is great if you're the St. Louis Blues. It's not so great if you're the Nashville Predators, who will host Sunday's Game 3 at 2 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena (NBC, Y98 FM).

"You want him to be a strong defensive player like he's been right from day one of the playoffs for us, but we don't need him to be just that," Yeo said of Tarasenko. "We need him to try to break guys down one-on-one, we need him to try to create things offensively for us whether it's off the rush, in the offensive zone or on the power play.

"I really appreciate the way he's fighting through right now," Yeo added. "He's obviously a key focus for (Nashville) and drawing a lot of attention from their top shutdown guys. The way he's pushing through it, and for him to find a way last game, was huge."

Whether it's scoring goals, creating good opportunities or being a strong defensive player, Tarasenko says he just wants to do whatever it takes to help his team win.

"You can't score every game, but if you don't score every game, you have to help your team," he said. "You can't take a night off. You have to do defensive stuff. It's being a good teammate. It's playoffs. I don't really care who scores and doesn't score. We just need the wins to win the Cup."

With the best-of-7 series now tied at 1-1, the Blues get ready for a tough atmosphere in Nashville, where the Predators have won both of their playoff games this season.

"It's not an easy place to play. This time of year there's no building that's easy to play in," said captain Alex Pietrangelo. "We have to be ready for the environment. We know it's going to be tough. They're going to put their best effort forward. We've had some success on the road this year, so we're looking forward to it."

The Blues have won all three of their road games this postseason.

"Teams on the road just go out and play simple hockey," said Scottie Upshall. "This time of year, that's the recipe for what works. We've got to keep this thing going. We had a big win at home, which we needed. This series is a best of five now and we're excited to get to Nashville."

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This day in history:
1986 Blues Kevin LaVallee scores GW goal as Blues beat Maple Leafs 2-1 winning series in 7 games
1994 San Jose, playing in its first Stanley Cup Playoff series, stuns the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings with a 3-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals
1999 Al MacInnis scores tying goal in 3rd and Scott Young nets OT game-winner keeping Blues alive and forcing a Game 6 in Western Conference Quarterfinals vs Coyotes.
2012 Jake Allen makes NHL playoff debut vs Kings in relief of Elliott becoming 600th Blues player to appear in a game

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The Wild didn't give Tarasenko an inch of ice in Round 1, which limited his chances. The Preds (probably inadvertently) have given him more space, as we saw last game with his pair of goals.

Now let's show them what it's like to lose on home ice.

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Let's get home ice back!

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Hoping for an early goal or two to keep Pee-air Ma-gwyer from constantly raving about Nashville. God that guy's a tool... :roll:


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It appears that Fiddler isn't getting suspended, but is being benched anyway.

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Good job by Steen to keep that breakaway from becoming a disaster. Nice save by Allen! But lousy overall PP.

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Since cross-checking is legal in this game, the Blues need to start using it as often as the Predators. Want to hear a crowd get mad when the Blues start whacking Predators like Forsberg and Josi in the middle of the back, repeatedly??

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I have no idea wtf the refs are doing in this game.


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Steen deflects Pietrangelo's shot into the net!!! Blues cut the lead to 1-2!!!

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Super save by Allen without his stick.

Then a Bortuzzo blast hits the post!!!

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Sobotka has been playing really well.

Blues need to start taking the puck to the net!

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As good as Edmundson has been in the playoffs, that shift leading to the Predators 3rd goal was a complete disaster for him. Unforced giveaway leading to extended zone time against leading to a goal against. Ouch!

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Hell of a response from Nashville, especially in the 2nd. Suffocated and bullied the Blues until Steen's goal.

On a positive note, these Blues seem pretty resilient. Perron or Bortuzzo could have easily tied it @ 2. Also, that was probably the longest sustained zone pressure the Blues have had all year with the empty net.

Gotta do something about the Preds' dmen and their offensive prowess. They are absolute killers: Subban, Ellis, Josi.

Curious about the lineup for Game 4. Wouldn't mind getting 82 back in there and dare I say 56?

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Man, we are awful at connecting passes in this series. We're holding on to pucks as long as possible, then when Nashville pressures us, we make a pass too hard or to no one in particular. Credit to the Preds for forcing the loose pucks, but that shit has to stop. It looked better to start the 3rd period, but we soon slipped back into our old ways.

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Sorry to say this, but Barbashev shouldn't be playing. He's basically disappeared in the playoffs and when he is on the ice, it's easy to see why. Missing the "playoff" level.

Despise putting STL back together.

Get Paajarvi back in the lineup. (Can't believe I typed that).

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A piping hot pile of suck. Lose game 4 and this series is over.

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Yessir, the STL line doesn't work. It's almost like an old wive's tale that 12 has chemistry with 91. Bottom 6 players can't play with top line guys because of matchup problems on the road. 12 is a 3rd line center on his absolute best day. Hitch is in Texas now. Let's keep his way of thinking down there, shall we?

Think the writing's on the wall with Barbashev having been bumped down over the course of the game. There'll be a couple tweaks.

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This game could've (should've?) been a blowout. Allen kept the guys in it.

Blues desperation last 4 minutes of the game was awesome to see but need a bit more of that earlier in the game.

STAY OUT OF THE PENALTY BOX!! Good God man. Until the very end of period 2 I was more or less keeping my hands over my face.

Can't believe I agree with this either but yes, Paajarvi needs to get back in there. STL line needs to be broken up permanently. Sobotka is awesome. I miss Fabbri. I almost screamed when Pietro got hit because I thought he just stopped a puck with his face. Shatty trade increasingly looking like pure gravy for us.

Thoughts on Bortuzzo/Gunnarsson? I thought that was interesting. Didn't notice any gaping mistakes from them.

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Thoughts on Bortuzzo/Gunnarsson? I thought that was interesting. Didn't notice any gaping mistakes from them.


Bortuzzo and Gunnarson were fine in this one. The issue this game defensively was Edmundson. He had a bad game - and not just on that 3rd period play leading to the 3rd goal.

While the Twitter-verse is harping about the 1:30+ zone possession time before that goal, I haven't seen anyone mention that without Edmundon's unforced turnover while the Blues were changing, the zone time and goal never happen. If Edmundson doesn't fumble the puck off his stick, the Blues are skating out with clean possession.

He was also part of the issue on the Cody McLeod goal.

Just an off-game for once for him. Don't be surprised if he has a monster Game 4.

All this line change stuff - it kind of screwed with Nashville who struggled matching up following the changes. Still, #12 does not belong with #91. Along that line, here are some questions:
1) With the Blues struggling on face-offs, why wasn't Sobotka taking 3rd line draws from the get-go? He only took 3 the whole game. Wasn't part of bringing him back to help with face-offs???
2) Why didn't Schwartz take a single draw? He usually does better than Steen.

If Yeo wants to think out of the box, at least use the tools that have worked in the past - and that's not 12/91 this season.

Staying out of the penalty box is important. Unfortunately, one has no clue what will and won't be penalties in these games. You would think if refs are going to allow cross-check after cross-check, the guy being cross-checked would be allowed to go beyond the rules a little to defend himself, with cross-checks being illegal and all. Nope. Really surprised only Reaves got called when sent off for elbowing. If the Predators are going to play beyond the rules that way, the Blues need to do whatever the Predators are doing also. Otherwise, they are just going to get the crap beat out of them.

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