Mayors bet music, BBQ sauce over Blues-Predators semifinal

Clyde Nash
May 4, 2017

James Neal made sure it didn't matter, scoring the game-winning goal with 6:57 left, as the Predators beat the Blues 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

The Predators are up 2-1 heading into game 4 at home in what is likely the biggest game of the series. During the playoffs, they are 2-2 at Scottrade Center and 3-0 on the road. Sunday's game announcers called Bridgestone Arena a "bucket list item" for hockey fans. Being successful as a group, having a great start, taking their crowd out of it. "[Austin Watson] did a terrific job of blocking the shot to start and a tough bounce to come back at us, but do whatever it takes". Their building was loud. "Fidds (Vernon Fiddler) did that in Game 1, so yeah, so far, so good". Louis, Nashville, Edmonton and Anaheim - went 9-1 in the opening round. Josh Manson and Shea Theodore each had two assists for Anaheim.

"It's been the trend", Upshall said. Barely a month in, the new mayor has already swung a bet with the mayor of Nashville with some interesting things on the line. "If you're going to play a long time, you're going to have adversity", the 23-year-old Gibson told the Orange County Register. We had a big win at home, which we needed. The Blues are at their best when they are at five-on-five.

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If the Blues hope to escape Nashville with a split in the series, Yeo must find out which of his role players will be as committed as the Predators. Then Steen tipped in a shot by Alex Pietrangelo at 12:59 to pull St. Louis within 2-1.

"I think our puck possession in the offensive zone, we have to be stronger on the puck". "We're kind of keeping even keel throughout the game, the ups and downs". The Blues had to play the first 89 seconds of the second period down a man. In fact, St. Louis has only led for 3:51 in the series, which was during Game 2 after Tarasenko's second goal.

If the Predators can get out of this series unscathed sooner rather than later they will be able to rest some bodies for the next game. "The goal that he scored in the last game is a playoff-type goal and so it's good on him".

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The Predators never got the man advantage in Game 2, and they got their first almost midway through the first period.

"In that last series I was skating well, bringing a lot of speed to the team", Sanford said. "If we do that I think we have a better chance". Game 4 is Wednesday night in Edmonton as the Ducks look to tie the series and wrest home-ice advantage back from the Oilers. The puck bounced around before Ellis scored on a wrister from the edge of the left circle under Allen's head as the goalie went down.

"I was just having a friendly conversation with the ref on the way off the ice", he said. "We just have to make sure we continue to play strong defense and chip one in every once in a while".

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