Predators use blue line to bully Blues winning 3-1, take lead 2-1 lead in series.
Cody McLeod Nets the Game-Winner as the Predators Control Game Three From the Start
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators stand with their fans by providing a “not in doubt” win against the st. Louis Blues Sunday. Returning home, the Preds start strong and end strong playing their most complete game of the playoffs as a reaction to the their first loss in this year’s playoffs.
The win gives Nashville seven consecutive playoff victories at Bridgestone Arena, and after the Predators said they had more to give in Game Three, they kept their word. A second round series lead of 2-1 is a franchise first for the Nashville Predators.
“I’ll be honest, it was good to get back home in front of our fans and in the building,” Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was awesome today. That’s a credit to our fans and the energy that comes into this building. You guys see that and get to experience it just like we do, so that’s a real positive for us. But nobody likes losing, probably on any team, and you look for a response, and I thought the response was good today.”
Depth scoring is a necessity in the postseason, and it was Cody McLeodwho stepped up for Nashville in Game Three when he scored early in the second period to put the Preds up by two.
Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Sunday to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
“It shows a lot of character coming off a loss last game,” Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said. “We knew that coming in it’s a huge game. Responded really well. It’s a good feeling obviously, but you already start thinking about the next one and trying to keep this momentum going.”
“He’s been a good factor in this series, and we knew that we would need him,” Laviolette said of McLeod. “We knew that he would help and contribute. Physically, he’s done a good job of just staying disciplined but playing the body hard, and when a guy like that gets a goal, it’s hard not to be happy for him.”
Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, who lost for the first time on the road this postseason.
Blues goalie Jake Allen kept St. Louis in this game before being pulled by coach Mike Yeo for the extra attacker with more than 4 minutes remaining and took his timeout with 1:25 left.
Rinne finished with 22 saves, including a flurry of stops to preserve the win.
Game 3 is Tuesday night.