He's also giving up just one 1.4 goals a game in the postseason. They know this is a virtual must-win for them, and they are going to come out hard and risky.
Ryan Ellis and James Neal tallied goals as the Predators bagged a 2-1 win on Tuesday night for a 3-1 series lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal.
Pekka Rinne, like everyone else associated with the Nashville Predators, has a long way to go before he can call himself a Stanley Cup champion.
The first goal of the game came from the snap of Predators' Ryan Ellis at the 10:34 mark of the first period.
The Minnesota Wild were initially considered a major threat to the St. Louis Blues.
Alexander Steen will be the player to watch out as he posted his third goal of the postseason in Game 3 and now just needs one more goal to parallel his single-season playoff career high (4 - 2016 season).
"That was a hard-checking have to compete for every inch of ice out there, and I thought our guys did a good job", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "That's a credit to our fans and the energy that comes into this building. It was deadlocked at zeroes for most of the game and we just got a couple of bounces". "I think we need to be more simple". Zolnierczyk came through with his first playoff goal in a Game 2 victory over Chicago.More news: Trump says he won't pull US out of NAFTA
Blues Defenseman Joel Edmundson made it 2-1 at 16:11 on a slap shot from the left circle. "They upped their game, they took their game to another level and we didn't match it". Rinne finished with 17 saves. Game 4 is on Tuesday Night. Titans running back Demarco Murray was given this honor on Sunday. Down 2-1 in the series, the Blues hope to shift momentum back on their side and head home for Game 5 Friday night tied at two games apiece.
Something had to give in this game.
Oilers center Connor McDavid, who was moved to a line with Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic in the first period, didn't see the ice after that goal. Ellis took the shot from the point and it deflected off Colton Sissons and then Neal before deflecting over Allen and into the net. I think it was a really good experience past year, playing two seven-game series. This game was no different, as Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town performed. They took a quick 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf, and the Oilers appeared be stunned by the quick onslaught.
While the Predators don't technically score on the power play, they score seconds after the penalty expires and before Reaves is even in the defensive zone, effectively making it a power play goal.
"Obviously that's something that would be unbelievable for this organization too", Rinne said. Teams on the road just go out and play simple hockey.
Can the St. Louis Blues even up their NHL Playoff series with the Nashville Predators when the two meet in Game 4 tonight at 9:30PM ET?
NOTES: St. Louis made lineup changes, inserting LW Magnus Paajarvi and LW Zach Sanford while scratching C Ivan Barbashev and C Kyle Brodziak. Josi scored on a slap shot with 5:49 left to prompt yet another standing ovation by the standing-room only crowd. Fourth-liners Vernon Fiddler and Cody McLeod have the two game-winning-goals for the Predators this series. John Gibson stopped 24 shots. There's been a handful of odd-man rushes for the Blues in this series, but drawing first blood would open up more chances to catch the Predators on their aggressiveness.