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Preds Vs. Blues Round Two, Game Two Recap: To Catch a Predator...

You just need a Russian sniper.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

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

Game Highlights:

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.

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...

Carrie Underwood on the other hand.

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.

Player of the Game: