Last night the Nashville Predators won a close game with a score of 2-1. Nashville is now up 3 games to 1. Ryan Ellis, a defenseman for the Predators opened up the scoring in the 3Rd period. Ellis put home the rebound, past Jake Allen, from a Filip Forsberg shot. Ellis is now on a seven-game point streak, which is the longest by an NHL defenseman since the 1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Ellis also had one heck of a save. With Pekka Rinne scrambling on the left post to find the puck, Ellis comes in, blocks the goal line and prevents a goal.
“It’s probably because I’m out of position or something,” Ellis joked. “No, it’s just [goalie Pekka Rinne] battles and we go to battle for him. It just kind of squirted out and just a little team effort, me and [Rinne] and everyone on the ice. [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.”
Later in the 3rd period, James Neal of the Predators, creates a turnover in the offensive zone and scores from the right circle. Neal shot the puck between David Perron and Carl Gunnarsson of the Blues. Neal used Gunnarsson as a screen, shooting just over his leg. Jake Allen didn’t see the shot until it was too late and the puck goes in top shelf on the stick side. This proves that good things happen when you get the puck to the net. Neal is known to have one of the best wrist shots in the NHL and this snipe backs that up.
At the 16:11 mark in the third period, Blues defenseman, Joel Edmundson ripped home a slap shot on a blocked Alexander Steen slap shot from inside the blue line. After the blocked shot, the puck bounces around a bit and Edmundson creeps in from the point, he finds the rebound and slaps it home for his 3rd goal of the playoffs.
“Got to find a way to put the puck in the back of the net. [Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is] making good saves, he’s playing well. Both goalies are playing really well. We’ve just got to find a way to get a couple behind him. The power play’s got to be better.”
— Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo
I thought this was going to be a grinding out wins and would go to seven games with the Predators eventually winning. It’s starting to look like I may be wrong about the number of games, but not the winner of the series.
Game 5 will be on Friday at 8 PM (ET) and will be shown on NBCSN, CBC, and TVA Sports. If Nashville wins this game, they will go to the Conference Finals for the first time in the history of the team.