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Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games on Sunday. The Blues got off to a great start of Paul Stastny's goal just 2:04 in the game. But Nashville got the equalizer just 35 seconds into the second period on Roman Josi's goal. Johansen's third period tally put the Predators ahead for good. Calle Jarnkrok's empty net goal sealed the Blues fate.
The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and had an assist in Game Six. Blues goalie Jake Allen stopped 15 of 17 Predators shots.
The Blues 50th NHL season ends two wins short of the conference championship series.
Nashville will play either Anaheim or Edmonton. The Oilers beat the Ducks 7-1 on Sunday night forcing a seventh game this coming Wednesday in Anaheim.
Fox 2 Sports reporter Charlie Marlow was in Nashville with the Blues and has the season ending locker room report.