The Nashville Predators out-hit the St. Lois Blues 34-30, won 62% of the face-offs, out-shot St. Louis 34-23, and most importantly out-scored them 3-1 to take a 2-1 series lead in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Predators, fueled on by the intensity of the sold-out crowd, dictated the play for the majority of the game. The teams were scoreless until the Predators Ryan Ellis beat Blues goalie Jake Allen at the 10:34 mark of the 1st period for a 1-0 Predators lead that held until the end of the frame.
The Predators started the 2nd period on a power play and got a score from Cody McLeod just as the power play expired for a 2-0 lead at 2:29 of the 2nd. The Predators completely dominated the Blues for the first 13 minutes of the frame, out-shooting the Blues 15-0 before St. Louis managed a shot, But it was a quality shot beating Pekka Rinne for a goal by Alexander Steen and the Preds lead was 2-1 with 7:01 left in the 2nd.
The 3rd period again belonged to the Predators, who put on a puck possession clinic, cycling the puck around the edges in the Blues end time after time, eventually getting a goal from the point by Roman Josi and a 3-1 lead with 5:49 left in the game. The Blues pulled their goalie, but they got nothing past Rinne and the Preds held on for the 3-1 win.
Pekka Rinne stopped 22 of 23 shots faced.
Game 4 will be here in Nashville Tuesday at 8:30.