Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) " Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first NHL Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games.

The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason.

Goalie Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and had an assist. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok added an empty-netter with 60 seconds left.

Nashville will play either Anaheim or Edmonton.

Paul Stastny scored for St. Louis, which fell short of a second straight conference final.

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