Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Preda­tors 2 -1

Cape Breton Post - - Sports/Local Scoreboard/Sports Scoreboard - BY JOE HAR­RIS

Dmitrij Jaskin scored in his first play­off game this sea­son, Jaden Schwartz got the gamewin­ner and the St. Louis Blues topped the Nashville Preda­tors 2-1 on Fri­day night to stay alive in their sec­ond-round se­ries.

Schwartz scored 25 se­conds into the third on a re­bound off a Colton Parayko shot, giv­ing St. Louis a 2-1 lead. Schwartz has a team-high four post-sea­son goals.

Jake Allen made 21 saves for the Blues, who had dropped two in a row.

James Neal scored for the Preda­tors, and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves.

Game 6 is in Nashville on Sunday.

Jaskin put the Blues in front at 5:43 of the sec­ond pe­riod, bang­ing home a re­bound off an

Alex Pi­etrangelo shot.

It was Jaskin’s sec­ond ca­reer

play­off goal.

Jaskin was in­serted into the

lineup in place of Alexan­der Steen, who was side­lined with a lower-body in­jury. He had just one goal in 51 games this sea­son.

Neal tied it with Nashville en­joy­ing a two-man ad­van­tage with 6:10 left in the sec­ond. The power play was set up when Pi­etrangelo and Pa­trik Ber­glund both took mi­nors with 7:19 left.

The Blues man­aged just one shot on goal, a 45-footer by Pi­etrangelo, dur­ing more than four straight min­utes of pow­er­play time be­tween the first and sec­ond pe­ri­ods, in­clud­ing 1:50 of a 5-on-3 op­por­tu­nity.

Mike Fisher had three blocks for the Preda­tors — all on Vladimir Tarasenko — dur­ing the Blues’ two-man ad­van­tage. St. Louis is a league-worse 2 for 28 on the power play in the post­sea­son.

The Blues and Preda­tors an­nounced a joint ef­fort to do­nate to flood re­lief ef­forts in the Mid­west.

AP PHOTO

St. Louis Blues right wing Dmitrij Jaskin, of Rus­sia, cel­e­brates after scor­ing a goal against the Nashville Preda­tors dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod in Game 5 of an NHL hockey sec­ond-round play­off se­ries, Fri­day, in St. Louis.

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