National Hockey League roundup: Preds advance; Oilers force Game 7

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And Jay Bouwmeester. As did Dmitrij Jaskin, who was so good the game before. A five-on-three man advantage late in the first yielded just one shot on goal, and it felt like the sequence we would ultimately point to after the game in order to explain the Blues elimination. "Our system allows us to jump up in the play, and the forwards do a great job of getting pucks to us. I like it. It gets you going". They took down the Chicago Blackhawks in four games and the St. Louis Blues in six. "He's really good at it, so we trust him fully back there with making the right reads". The St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers are each seeking to force Game 7.

It was Josi's fourth goal of the playoffs and continued a trend of Predators defensemen supplying scoring.

Pekka Rinne, all anyone can say about this goalie is "wow". His.771 mark is second-worst among starters during that time frame, with only Cam Ward, who has had to tend goal for the lowly Carolina Hurricanes, coming in (.0002 percent) worse. The two teams will face off in Game 6 on Sunday at 2 p.m. CST. The Preds got a 2-0 lead in the third period when Ryan Ellis and James Neal found the net.

Ottawa scored twice more in the second period, with goals from Mike Hoffman and Tom Pyatt. Slowing the Preds, of course, is exactly how Jake Allen and St. Louis eked out a win to avoid elimination earlier in the series.

Yeo, who replaced Hitchcock in February after spending the first four months of the season as the "coach in waiting", said Tuesday that the Blues are as competitive a team as he's coached.

But Nashville needed just 35 seconds of the second period to equalize. "It was an exciting game, an exciting series, and now we're on to the next one".

"It still stings", said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the team captain. We start believing in each other more and the winning comes like predictable thing for us.

Yeo was happy with his team's resolve after the special teams struggles gave the Predators momentum. "When he made that one breakaway save (with about six minutes left), I thought that's when we were going to come back".

The Predators accomplished what the Blues did a May ago - advancing to the Western Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs, rewarding their fan base.

After almost 27 tense minutes of overtime, Perry collected a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and waited out a sprawling Cam Talbot to finish Anaheim's third straight win - and the first home victory for either team in the series.

It was a different story for Edmonton on home ice on Sunday. Edmonton was 25-12-4 there during the regular season and is 3-3 in the playoffs following Sunday's 7-1 rout in Game 6.

St. Louis, which controlled play for most of Friday night's 2-1 win in Game 5, replicated that formula at the start of this one.

The Oilers had several golden scoring chances in overtime, but were unable to convert any of them.

The deeper they go in these playoffs, the more reasons Nashville is giving us to fall in love with this team, from P.K. Subban to the fans of Smashville.

Caggiula put the Oilers up 3-0 with a score off a 4-on-1 rush midway through the period. Ryan Getzlaf scored on a shot from the point with 3:16 left in regulation with the goalie pulled. After a shaky first period for the Predators overall, adjustments were made, particularly in the cycling routine on the offensive end.

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