The Blues were whistled for three penalties in the first period, and though Nashville didn't pick up any power-play goals, the Predators scored twice shortly after their man advantages expired.
The 28-year-old Darling had a career-best 18 wins and a 2.38 goals-against average in 32 games for the Hawks this season.
On the go-ahead goal, Jaden Schwartz led the rush and initially tried to pass it to Joel Edmundson, but the pass was off the mark and Edmundson kicked it right to Tarasenko's stick. Nine Anaheim players had at least three shots in the previous game. Henrik Lundqvist and Craig Anderson were both on their game as the teams struggled for goals. They took the lead in the first period and were not relinquishing it easily.
An evenly-played third period turned in Ottawa's favor after a great shift by Erik Karlsson ended with a shot from an impossible angle beating Lundqvist with 4:11 to play. Rinne finished with 17 saves. Game 4 is on Tuesday Night. The three goals ties him for the most ever by a Nashville defenseman in a single playoff year. He made 31 saves. "My only concern was that if he continued to play well and didn't get rewarded that his game would drop".
"When (Yeo) says not competitive, I don't think he means that we didn't show up for the game", Steen said.
Tarasenko now ranks third on the Blues all-time franchise list with 22 postseason goals. "Responded really well. It's a good feeling obviously, but you already start thinking about the next one and trying to keep this momentum going".
The phrase "must-win" is overused in sports, but anyone would agree that going down 0-2 to the Nashville Predators before heading into their building for Games 3 and 4 was not a scenario the Blues desired.
Ryan Reaves took the first 8:01 into the game, an elbowing penalty that the Blues killed off. Defensively, the Preds continued to suppress the St. Louis offense, outshooting the Blues 34-23 in Game 3.
Lehtera tied it at 7:39 of the third after Ellis had given Nashville the lead.
McLeod gave Nashville a 2-0 lead with his first goal of the postseason just 2:29 into the second period with a backhander past Allen. Ellis took a shot from the point that deflected off Colton Sissons and then Neal before deflecting over Allen and into the net.
The Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, are not dead yet after logging a record-breaking 6-3 win over their Pacific Division rival Edmonton Oilers late Sunday.
"Music City has a loud building", Blues forward Scottie Upshall said. "We're fortunate that (Parayko) didn't' get too banged up".
"I think we're using everybody, we're keeping it simple and we're not letting, I guess, the other team's environment get to us", Pietrangelo said. His goal with less than four minutes to go put the Predators on notice.
"I though they played a much tighter game, kudos to them". We break down all the betting angles to help you handicap the day's puck action.
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He also is one of the National Hockey League leaders in points by a defenseman this playoff season with eight (three goals, five assists). Nashville recalled G Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee (AHL) on Thursday.