Preds' 1st big trade of 2016 paying off for team, Johansen


That said, structurally at least, the Preds are set up to be more sustainable than most, and the 2016-17 edition just might write Nashville into the annals of hockey history.

"I feel like right now, we can do some damage", Rinne said. Obviously, it's a great feeling.

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Schwartz scored 25 seconds into the third on a rebound off a Colton Parayko shot, giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen watches as fans celebrate following the Predators' win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

In fact, the Blues put seven shots on net in the first 3:20, seven more than the Predators managed.

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"He's been excellent down the stretch", coach Peter Laviolette said, before correcting himself. "We'll see. I guess that's nice, people are hopping on board, but it doesn't mean a lot", said Wilson. I think we're in a good spot. The decision to move a productive, young prospect like Jones was heavily scrutinized, but Johansen brought a physical presence in the center of the ice that Nashville sorely needed. The 22-foot shot appeared to hit off the right shoulder of goalie Jake Allen before caroming into the net.

Pekka Rinne - he saved 23 of 24 shots and stifled the Blues, yet again.

"It's part of our system", Josi said. Even then, the stylish, individualistic Subban was attacked by US television analyst Mike Milbury as a "clown" for daring to dance on his skates during warm-ups. That followed a clean sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, the No. 1 seed in the conference going into the playoffs. The game was knotted at one until Ryan Johansen scored with 3:15 remaining.

Kassian made it 3-0 just 1:03 after Draisaitl's second goal.

"He got me into a position where I could be alone with the goalie", Johansen said of Weber. While we may be big fans of Pawcho as a team, we also understand we don't have brand recognition for easy sales.

Then the puck dropped... the Predators rode that emotional wave, coming out strong in the first couple of minutes, skating well and getting pressure on the Blues, until a bounce went St. Louis' way. The Blues' best opportunity came with just under 11 minutes left, but Kyle Brodziak's tip try at the goalmouth thumped harmlessly into Rinne's pads. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Viktor Arvidsson with a gorgeous pass and who else but Johansen finishes it off, 2-1 Preds. "And that's what we asked our guys before the game is whatever happens good, bad, you have to make sure that you come back and you're ready to go out and perform". "Credit to Nashville because they played well, but it stinks right now". Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them. "In a game that's gotten big and fast, it's nice to have him there, and he's been producing well for us and that line in general wasn't here three, four years ago". Other Blues scratches were D Jordan Schmaltz, G Luke Opilka, C Ivan Barbashev, LW Magnus Paajarvi, RW Nail Yakupov and LW Zach Sanford.