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With places in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals up for grabs this week, the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are not to be missed.
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The Nashville Predators can advance to a conference final for the first time by winning Game 5 at St. Louis on Friday thanks to their 2-1 win against the Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Goals from Ryan Ellis and James Neal in the third period secured a 2-1 victory for Nashville, who are now 4-0 at home in the playoffs. That result leaves the Predators with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Nashville are now just one win away from the Western Conference Final for the second consecutive season and goaltender Pekka Rinne, who made 32 saves in Game 4 knows that a place in the decider is theirs for the taking.
"It's in our own hands, for sure," Rinne told nhl.com. "Being up 3-1 now, I think we can control our destiny."
The division's other semi-final tie is more delicately poised after the Anaheim Ducks registered a 6-3 victory at the Edmonton Oilers on Monday to leave the Ducks with a 2-1 advantage in the series. Edmonton had opened proceedings with back-to-back victories at the Honda Center but couldn't replicate that winning form on home ice. The Oilers haven’t lost two consecutive games at home since March 12, though, and are 11-2 in their last 13 games at Rogers Place. This one gets underway at 0300 BST on Thursday.Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers scores against the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)6x5x4x3x
New York finally got off the mark on Tuesday as they put the disappointment of the first two games of their Eastern Conference Second Round series firmly behind them with a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. Having suffered two narrow defeats in Ottawa in Games 1 & 2, Tuesday's result was a welcome one, particularly after the Rangers blew a two-goal lead late in the third period of a 6-5 double-overtime loss on Saturday.
Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Rick Nash and Oscar Lindberg all scored, while Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to leave the series standing at 2-1 in Ottawa's favour.
"I think the extra day off was very beneficial for us, both mentally and physically," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told nhl.com. "I felt that we played well in Ottawa and probably deserved better. It didn't happen. That's part of hockey. No doubt, we had to bounce back tonight. We were able to get a good practice in [Monday] and focus on our process and what we had to do, and that's what we did. We came to play and won this game. Now we've got to focus on the next one."
The Pittsburgh Penguins, meanwhile, take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 of their Eastern Conference playoff with the Washington Capitals at the PPG Paints Arena (Thu, 0030). They'll be without center Sidney Crosby, however, who has been ruled out of the clash due to concussion.
Crosby sustained the injury when he was cross-checked in the head by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in the first period of their 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3 on Monday.
The Penguins will also be without right wing Conor Sheary for tonight's contest after he suffered a concussion in a collision with Patric Hornqvist in the second period of Game 3.
Pittsburgh were already without the services of defenseman Kris Letang following season-ending neck surgery and goaltender Matt Murray, who sustained a lower-body injury in the lead up to Game 1 of their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The loss of Crosby, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Penguins claimed the Stanley Cup last year, is a huge blow though. The 29-year-old boasts 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff fixtures.