Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Vladimir Sobotka/Jori Lehtera/Ivan Barbashev
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson/Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender: Jake Allen
The Blues hit the ice tonight looking to tie the best of seven series at one. James Neal and the Predators had other ideas. Neal puts the Predators up 1-0 after an Alex Pietrangelo turnover. The puck was then shot back towards the net and bounced off of Neal, Allen and trickled into the net.
In the last moments of the first, Vernon Fiddler was called for a five minute major and kicked out of the game. On the play Fiddler hit Colton Parayko with knee on knee contact. It was deemed intentional, and just like that he was gone.
Fiddler kneeing major and misconduct pic.twitter.com/lEDjEaGICO— steph (@myregularface) April 29, 2017
On the ensuing powerplay, Vladimir Tarasenko ties the game at one. With less than 20 seconds to go Tarasenko fires a shot at the net. Paul Stastny screened Pekka Rinne in front and Rinne had no chance after that.
The Blues held the Predators to just three shots on goal in the first. Colton Parayko did come back in the second confirming that he has super human knees or legs or something. To the third period, and another turn over led to another Nashville goal. Not only that but Ryan Ells was able to walk right in on Allen and score. Blues defensive corps not having the best night tonight.
The Blues were able to tie the game back up thanks to an unlikely goal from...Jori Lehtera? Yes, that's right Jori Lehtera was able to stuff the puck into the back of the net. Parayko gets the initial shot on goal. It remained loose in front of the net. Berglund was able to get a stick on it, and Lehtera was there to finish.
With four minutes left, the Blues took their first and only lead of the game. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the night. Jaden Schwartz moved the puck up ice. It looked like it was a backwards pass to Joel Edmundson, but it bounced off of him and Tarasenko basically one times it into the net.
The Blues go on to take game 2 3-2 and even the series at one game a piece. Final shot totals were 24 for Nashville and just 20 for the Blues. The Blues powerplay showed glimpses of life tonight, but they're still just 2-18 in these playoffs. Alex Pietrangelo is not having a great series so far. He could have gotten an assist on the first Predators goal. He's got to get better. The second line has been non-existent so far in round two. (Debbie downer will stop now) The Blues now go down to Nashville for game 3. That's a Sunday afternoon affair on NBC.
From the Twitter Machine:
St. Louis' own Jenna Fischer had some words for the boys...
Go Blues!! #NHLPLAYOFFS— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) April 29, 2017
Carrie Underwood on the other hand.
Girl crush suspended until further notice pic.twitter.com/6ISE7VF0mB— katie doerr (@ktdare) April 29, 2017
Seriously, does she have a seat in the Blues box in Nashville? Because she should.
For some reason they still have a sniper on the roof at Scottrade.
Tarasenko on the game winner.
Tarasenko: "It's a great play by Schwartzy and then I probably scream for Eddy to leave it to me and Eddy make a good play." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 29, 2017
Player of the Game:
Even Nashville fans read Game Time. Like Rex Ryan. Be like Rex Ryan. Minus the foot stuff. pic.twitter.com/7kmCGLqSS5— Game Time Media (@StLouisGameTime) April 28, 2017