ANAHEIM (AP) — Craig Smith had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Nashville Predators confidently claimed their second straight road victory to open their first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks.
Shea Weber and Mattias Ekholm also scored as the Predators took a 2-0 playoff series lead for the first time in franchise history with another win over the Pacific Division champions.
Nate Thompson cut into the lead with 2:42 to play, but Nashville closed out just its second road playoff victory since 2012. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Nashville.
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DETROIT (AP) — Jaden Schwartz scored at 13:32 of the third period with Patrick Kane in the penalty box for high-sticking, and St. Louis beat Chicago for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series.
Patrik Berglund also scored in the third as St. Louis rallied for the win after a difficult 3-2 loss in Game 2 that included two key coach’s challenges that went against the Blues. Brian Elliott made 44 saves, keeping St. Louis in the game during Chicago’s strong second period.
Kane, the NHL’s leading scorer this season and one of the favorites for league MVP, got four minutes for a high stick on defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, and St. Louis made the most of the chance to go in front.
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Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg scored, Petr Mrazek made 16 saves and Detroit beat Tampa Bay to cut its deficit to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series.
After brawling late in the last game, gloves were dropped, fists flew and there were piles of players on the ice when the Game 3 ended.
Ben Bishop made 28 saves for the Lightning. Their top line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn was shut down after each of the three had six points in the first two games.