Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

Doyle BarkerApr 29, 2017

"During last night's game, Kevin Fiala sustained a fracture of his left femur", Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement.

The Blues will try to even their second-round playoff series with the Predators on Friday night at Scottrade Center.

St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves, right, knocks Nashville Predators' Cody McLeod off the puck during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Louis. Everyone goes through periods of time without scoring, but at the same time everyone just talks about his goal scoring but they don't talk about his little things. This would be Fiddler's first career playoff goal as it was also his first postseason game. St. Louis made some moves at the trade deadline that indicated they were maybe ready for a rebuild but instead they went on an impressive stretch to end the season and landed with the third seed in the Central division and as such they drew a Wild team that had been on one of their worst stretches of the season and were ripe for the picking. "He has a great shot for a reason".

Jori Lehtera also scored for the Blues, and Jake Allen stopped 22 shots - including 14 in the third period. Four different penalty-induced disadvantages overshadowed the Blues' decent performance against Pekka Rinne.

The Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers drew first blood in the opening games of their respect Western Conference second-round clashes.

Hampus Lindholm - The Ducks stalwart defenceman had a strong game, excelling in his matchup against Connor McDavid (12 for, 5 against, 70.6 CF%, 9-3 scoring chances, 1 GF, 0 GA), but it wasn't enough to earn a win, which is a troubling proposition for Anaheim, that they can keep McDavid under wraps (he had one power play assist) and still lose. "And he has shown me that he hasn't done that".

"It's not about my goals", Tarasenko said. "So far we've proved our worth, but we need to do the right things; we have to regroup, watch some video, see what we can do better and learn from and continue to grow". "He's always working hard, he's shoving pucks in and he's always making our team better". He had no points in the first four playoff games this year and has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the last three. "He's been good for us all year, so he's adapted to his role on the team, and he's one of the guys we lean heavily on". Ellis took the shot from the point and it deflected off Colton Sissons and then Neal before deflecting over Allen and into the net. Two of the Predators' goals came on power plays. Hard to believe this game was tied 1-1 to start the third period. The Blues played well, as well as they played in the first round, but they did not get the same results. "We get it down low and we work them down low". I don't think anybody could have thought or planned for an incident like that with Kevin. "I saw (teammate Austin) Watson kind of get it in his feet outside and just tried to get to the net".

"I know his voice", Edmundson said.

"Added Predators coach Peter Laviolette: "(Fiala's) gone through a process where he finally had some stick and was a guy that we were counting on.

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