NHL Playoffs: Rickard Rakell opens the scoring for Anaheim

Predators 2 Blues 1: In Nashville, Tennessee: Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Sunday to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal. Rinne blanked the Blues after Alexander Steen scored with about seven minutes left in the second period.

Hampus Lindholm - The Ducks blueliner was on the ice for five goals for and none against in a 6-3 Game Three win at Edmonton. Cam Talbot came through with 39 saves to stop the Ducks. It took a blistering shot from Jakob Silfverberg on a power play in the second period and a well-placed screen by Patrick Eaves to break the clean sheet. Talbot got credit from both teams for the result in Game 2, making all manner of impressive saves while Anaheim dominated the final 30 minutes.

"I was wondering a little bit, wondering what happened, but I thought I was fine", Silfverberg said.

"It's a dream. I think every hockey player dreams of playing in the NHL and dreams of playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs". "You see the city kind of rallying around us and we definitely appreciate that so much, and definitely a nice energy boost coming home to these fans". We hit some posts early and they get some that go in. "We've been a good bounce-back team all year".

The Ducks, who hadn't lost a game in regulation since the second week of exhibition baseball, jumped to a 3-3 tie with two goals in 85 seconds. Historically, the Oilers are 19-0 when leading a playoff series 2-0.

Now, they have a 2-1 series edge, despite being outplayed for the bulk of the last two games.

Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa injured his knee during the first period, colliding with a teammate. "We are still in a really good situation, still up 2-1". It's nearly like that San Jose game. I mean, he's been excellent for us. Defenseman Kris Russell had a pair of assists for the Oilers, who took Game 1 of the series 5-3 and Game 2 by a score of 2-1.

It might well have looked more believable, in fact, on Friday in Anaheim. Perhaps that's why the Ducks' second straight loss at home barely caused a flicker of apparent concern in their calm dressing room. "It's a good goal for us". "But we're going to have to be a lot more polished than that". Getzlaf put a wrist shot into the top corner 37 seconds into the middle frame for his fourth goal of the playoffs and third on the power play.

Edmundson's OT winner sends Allen, Blues past Wild 2-1
The Blues now lead the series 3-0, which means they could not only clinch this round of the playoffs but sweep it Wednesday. A 3-0 series lead against a team that many national pundits predicted would dispatch the Blues-it's a remarkable feat.

For all of Gibson's faults, the Oilers' Cam Talbot was at his worst since a five-goal stinker in Game 4 against the Sharks in the first round.

Anaheim gradually turned the period in its favor, but couldn't score.

Though Draisaitl won't acknowledge it, part of the reason for his production against the Ducks likely comes from the decision to play him on the wing with centre Connor McDavid this season.

It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs.

They don't call him "The Next One" for nothing. The Ducks also killed off two penalties. If the amusing Game 1 line-change chicanery continues, perhaps the Ducks get too concerned with match-ups and lose focus on the rest of the game.

Kerdiles was brought to Edmonton as an extra forward in case another had to be scratched due to illness or injury.

The Edmonton Oilers return home after stealing both games in Anaheim and the home crowd will be one of the loudest you'll see in the National Hockey League playoffs.


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