Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1

Ryan Ellis once again gave Nashville the upper hand 3:07 into the final period, but Jori Lehtera evened it up four minutes later, setting the stage for Tarasenko's game victor with less than four minutes remaining.

Niskanen should receive an excused absence (autographed by the league's Player Safety department) for the remainder of the Capitals' best-of-seven series against the Penguins.

The people spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing its search to replace general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma, who were fired last month. "I think tonight was a great test for all of us. I think we have enough to win games".

The series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Sunday.

"Yeah, 100-percent", Parayko said.

"Anytime we can be a plus line or chip one in, it's going to obviously help", McLeod said.

It's inexcusable for some of the Blues to have shown up as flat as they did in Game 3. "It was a huge performance".

Crosby also skated close to three minutes a game on the power play, and would be sorely missed when Pittsburgh has the man advantage. The Blues tied the game at 2 on a goal by Jori Lehtera at 7:39 of the third period before Tarasenko took over.

I wish I could say the Blues' lack of discipline was their biggest problem Sunday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russian Federation, crashes into Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 3 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Blues held the Predators to just three shots on goal in the first. "He's doing things that winners do".

But it was St. Louis, with a pair of goals from Vladimir Tarasenko, the first on one of the Blues' five power-play opportunities, that came out on top to even the series 1-1.

Yeo has no doubts about the playoff pedigree of No. 91, and the Blues coach appreciates the way Tarasenko has handled the pressure associated with the expectations that surround him. "It's one of those things where guys are in and out of the lineup - that's playoffs".

No matter. Washington dominated the extra period before Shattenkirk delivered his first goal of the playoffs. The infraction was Niskansen's second major penalty in a span of 242 regular-season games and 35 playoff games. Moreover, they went 13:32 without a shot on goal from Joel Edmundson's shot with 33 seconds left in the first until Steen cut the deficit to 2-1 with his goal at the 12:59 mark of the second.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 22 saves, including a flurry of stops to preserve the win.

"The more you have the puck", Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said, "the less defense you play". The sellout crowd was still finding its seats when Sekera scored just 65 seconds into Game 2, slipping a long shot past Gibson for the defenseman's second career postseason goal and his first since 2011. When the play first starts, I think my stick had about his arm level probably right about where the numbers are on the side of his jersey. They cleaned up that part with no power plays against them in the Game 2 victory.

If Friday was just a glimpse of Tarasenko finally settling into his zone, the Predators had better brace themselves for what's to come.