Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series

The series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Sunday.

He played top-six minutes in the first round, and that trend continued in Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues.

But when playing 5-on-5, the Blues held a huge 29-19 advantage in shots on goal and had a 64.4 percent to 35.6 percent Corsi rating in 5-on-5 situations. "We kept it going. We just regrouped and went back at them".

Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo - These Blues defencemen were the only St. Louis skaters under 50% Corsi (48.3 CF%) and were on for two goals against in a 4-3 Game One loss against Nashville.

The Blues, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie Game 1 in the third period, responded again with Jori Lehtera getting his first goal of the playoffs.

"They had a little push there", Fiddler said. "We've obviously got to eliminate penalties". "But if you don't score some games, you have to help your team".

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In case you missed it, yesterday we shared our five key areas that would win or lose the series.

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The Ducks also hit multiple posts, particularly in the one-sided third period. We've got to find a way, and that's on us. "But like I said before, we just started too late".

Fiddler's goal came after the Blues failed to clear the puck out of their zone, with goalie Jake Allen unable to poke-check the puck away from Fiddler. "The leaders on the team were going up and down the bench and saying the right things and shortly after that we scored a goal".

Still, you could tell he was not overly pleased with the entirety of the 60 minutes, even if proud of his team's fight-back.

"Yeah, I've got no issues". It's playoffs and I don't really care who scored and who not score. In comparison, St. Louis is 27-40 in total series history, winning 162 of 360 games.

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The Nashville Predators faced the reality Thursday that they will have to play the rest of the playoffs without left winger Kevin Fiala, who sustained a broken left leg on Wednesday night in their series opener against the St. Louis Blues.

The 20-year-old Fiala had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and was transported to a local hospital. That's the main concern. Even with former defenseman Shea Weber being such a big part of the team a year ago, he didn't even achieve this milestone. It's tough on a guy like that.

Kevin Fiala again finds himself a non-contributor with the Nashville Predators, though his latest departure has nothing to do with his ability to compete at the National Hockey League level.

"It was just one of those unfortunate incidents that happened in the game and I like the response from our guys not only there, but once they tied it up". And in the for what its worth department, the Blues lost only seven games in overtime, while the Predators lost 12. The other came in 2010, when he had three assists in a game as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens. Allen saved another PK Subban bomb and the rebound went off a skate. He was having a good series against Chicago and a big part of that.

"It was a great play by Schwartzy and then probably scream for Eddy to give it to me and he made a good play", Tarasenko said.

Allen played well enough to win, but will have to regain his first round form if the Blues do not change a few things. If the St. Louis forwards can put more pressure on the Predators' defensemen, they can get more shots on goal and expose Rinne's perceived weaknesses, which include a tendency to get caught in transition on quick plays and pass- outs and get beat on bad-angle shots, especially through the five-hole.

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The Minnesota Wild was 57.4 percent in their series against the Blues, and the Predators are second among the 16 playoff teams at 54.6 percent.

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