Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, of Sweden is checked by St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson of Sweden center during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday M

The eighth-seeded team in the West, the Predators followed up a stunning sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks by ousting the St. Louis Blues in six games with a 3-1 victory Sunday.

Jaden Schwartz's goal early in the third period lifted the Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Predators in Game 5 of their second-round Western Conference series.

It's good advice, but easier said than done against the Predators.

The Predators, who began play in 1998, now are the NHL's only undefeated team at home this postseason with a nine-game winning streak dating to last season.

"It's obviously a tough building", Blues goalie Jake Allen said. With playoff hockey, it's understood that goals are going to be hard to come by, but the Blues will need to take better advantage of the kinds of opportunities they got away with squandering Friday.

In the 2009/10 season, riding the strong play of Pekka Rinne, the Predators made their return to the postseason. "We haven't gone further than this before". "We feel good about (Friday) night's game, that's great. There's still a lot of hockey left to be played". It's a good feeling. "Right now, I'm pretty happy".

Nashville is awaiting the victor of the series between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, which is now tied 3-3.

Paul Stastny scored for St. Louis, which fell short of a second straight conference final. Only Allen kept the Predators from padding that lead with save after save, including a big stop on a breakaway by Filip Forsberg. But Jarnkrok scored with a minute to go to clinch it, amping up Nashville's celebration. "We saw a ton of him". "Enjoy it tonight and get ready for the next series".

St. Louis wasted little time grabbing the lead in the third. "We have to be better".




The Blues are 13-3 in their last 16 Sunday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 12-4 in their last 16 road games. "They definitely deserve to be moving on".

"I think it's part of our system", Josi said. "But we'll learn from this and we'll find a way to get better".

Anaheim scored three times in the final four minutes to come from 3-0 down before Corey Perry netted the victor, giving them a 3-2 series lead.

Jaskin found out moments before the game he was in the lineup in place of Alexander Steen, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury. The first of which occasions happened as Blues right wing Dmitrij Jaskin cycled after a face-off in Nashville's end and netted a rebound goal from the side slot.

The first period was scoreless, but also full of high-sticking from the Predators.

"He's been unbelievable", Arvidsson said of Rinne.

Fans in Nashville gave the Predators a boost, and the defense was strong at home.

Ellis scored in his seventh straight game, tying the franchise playoff record with his fourth goal of the playoffs early in the third period. Now they're the NHL's first team to reach a conference final. Rinne has three assists this postseason. "Our players, coaches and organization, we really appreciate that".

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