NHL: first conference final for Nashville, Edmonton snatches a decisive match

Nashville Predators-St. Louis Blues, 3-1

Nashville wins the series 4-2

After missing an opportunity in St Louis on Friday, the Nashville Predators finally validated their ticket to the Western Conference Finals at home on Sunday. They were jostled in the first period, Paul Stastny opening the scoring for the Blues in the third minute (1-0). The first interruption did the locals a lot of good. Thirty-five seconds after returning to the ice, Roman Josi tied the two teams (1-1, 21st). Then, it was in the third period that everything was decided.

Again, Nashville struck early, Ryan Johansen giving the advantage to his team after 3’15 (2-1, 44th). Calle Jarnkrok added an empty goal in the last minute (3-1, 60th) to allow the Bridgestone Arena to explode with joy for this great first in the history of the franchise, which had never reached the final Western Conference before this year.

The Edmonton Oilers did things squarely. Threatened with elimination at home, they planted seven goals against the Anaheim Ducks to snatch a decisive Game 7. Everything happened from the start of the match. Leon Draisaitl scored twice in less than eight minutes (3rd, 8th) then the Oilers continued to stifle Anaheim. Zack Kassian (9th) then Mark Letestu twice (12th, 19th) allowed Edmonton to conclude a perfect first period with a score of 5-0.

History to ensure the blow, Anton Slepyshev added a sixth forty-five seconds after the recovery (6-0)! The Ducks couldn’t recover. Despite a goal from Rickard Rakell to save the honor, it was Leon Draisailt who closed the scoring validating a personal hat-trick (7-1, 36th). The two teams will now meet on Wednesday for a match 7 which should be more undecided than this meeting.

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