FINAL
SJS
2
TOR
1
FINAL SO
ANA
3
CAR
2
FINAL SO
MIN
3
FLA
2
FINAL SO
VAN
4
DET
3
FINAL SO
STL
3
NSH
2
FINAL
TBL
3
WPG
4
FINAL
DAL
3
CHI
1
FINAL SO
PHX
4
CGY
3
FINAL
PHI
0
EDM
2
STL
49-22-11
NSH
48-26-8
SO
24 SOG
27 SOG

Blues beat Predators 3-2 in shootout

John Manasso  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

NASHVILLE – Entering Thursday's game at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne had stymied the St. Louis Blues in all four previous season meetings. It was starting to get to the point where Rinne was getting in the heads of some of the Blues' top scorers.
 
The Blues finally beat Rinne, although it took a shootout to do it, as T.J. Oshie earned the game-winner in a 3-2 Blues victory.
 
"Last time in here it maybe got to me and I think I had maybe a little bit more shots and he's a great goaltender and he can frustrate scorers," Oshie said of Rinne, who had 42 saves in a 3-1 win in the teams' most recent meeting on Feb. 4. "He can frustrate the other team. You just have to stick with it and that's what we did tonight and it took us all the way to the shootout to finally beat him."
 
Oshie opened the shootout by deking Rinne (22 saves) before beating him with a backhander high to the blocker side, imitating a move Boston's Tyler Seguin used with success in Boston's 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 11. Andy McDonald then slid a backhander past Rinne in the second round.

Jaroslav Halak improved to 2-5 in shootouts this season by stopping Colin Wilson and Martin Erat.
 
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for St. Louis. Nashville has lost only twice in regulation in its last nine games (4-2-3).
 
With the victory, St. Louis, fourth in the Western Conference and second in the Central Division with 80 points, now leads Nashville by four points in both the conference and divisional races. If the season ended right now, these rivals would meet in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, with St. Louis owning the home-ice edge.
 
"I don't think neither one of us wants to play each other, to be honest with you," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who called the win "gutsy" and "not pretty" after losing at home to Boston, 4-2, the night before. "I'm not sure if we got in a series there'd be many players left to play the next one, so we'll see. We'll see where it goes, but right now we're just grateful that we got a road win and keep going."
 
Nashville has now earned nine points out of a possible 10 against the Blues, but Predators coach Barry Trotz was unhappy to yield that one point on Thursday. Trotz also somewhat foretold what a potential playoff meeting could look like.
 
"Obviously, we're still trying to catch them," Trotz said. "And by giving up a point, that's the disappointing thing. We feel like we could've been better a little, especially the first period, and that's a good thing in terms of where we need to go.
 
"St. Louis is a solid team. They're well-coached and there's two heavyweights going at it toe-to-toe. In the end, it's done by the judges almost. It's draw. And then you go to the scorecards."
 
Despite having the fourth-most points in the League, the Blues ranked among the bottom seven in the NHL in road points. They improved to 11-13-3 in the first of a six-game road trip, a huge test at a critical time in the season.
 
St. Louis answered quickly after Nashville took its first lead, and the game entered second intermission tied at 2-2. The Blues stopped a clearing try deep in Nashville's end along the wall and Vladimir Sobotka backhanded a loose puck high past Rinne's short side at 13:26.
 
"I saw they turned it over and I just saw the puck there and I hit it and it ended up in the net," Sobotka said.
 
Less than a minute earlier, Wilson scored his second goal in three games as the Preds did a little bit of line shuffling. Jordin Tootoo and Nick Spaling outworked the Blues behind the net to win the puck and Tootoo sent it in front of the net where Wilson beat defenseman Roman Polak to it and backhanded it in along the ice at 12:52. The goal was Wilson's 13th on the season.
 
The Blues opened the scoring 4:13 into the game, less than a minute after killing a penalty. Former Nashville captain Jason Arnott fed a backhand pass through the goalmouth that deflected off teammate Chris Stewart and into the net. After a brief review, Stewart had his 13th goal.

Roman Josi showed fantastic speed to even the score early in the second period. On a delayed penalty against St. Louis, Preds forward Brandon Yip started the rush down the right wing for Nashville, stopped along the boards and found the rookie defenseman blazing up the middle as the trailer. Josi took the pass and had plenty of time to beat Halak high to the blocker side at 3:35.
 
Halak (25 saves) held the Blues in the game in the third period, stopping all 10 Nashville shots, while his team mustered only three in the period.
 
"We put so much into the (darn) game and got no reward for it," Hitchcock said of Wednesday's loss. "It was a (heck) of a hockey game. It was really physical, very demanding and then to come and have to play in this building off a back-to-back is not easy. I'm really proud of the team."
1st2nd3rdOTsoT
STL ()
NSH ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:13STL Chris Stewart (13) ASST: Jason Arnott (14), Kris Russell (4) 1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
02:53NSH Roman Josi (3) ASST: Brandon Yip (2), Matt Halischuk (9) 1 - 1 Tie
12:52NSH Colin Wilson (13) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (20), Nick Spaling (9) 2 - 1 NSH
13:26STL Vladimir Sobotka (4) ASST: David Perron (17), Patrik Berglund (14) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1STLT.J. Oshie - Goal
2NSHColin Wilson - Save
3STLAndy McDonald - Goal
4NSHMartin Erat - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDSt. Louis BluesNashville Predators
1T.J. Oshie
Colin Wilson
2Andy McDonald
Martin Erat
Three Stars of the Game
Vladimir Sobotka
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:01
Colin Wilson
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:02
Roman Josi
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:04
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:18STL David Perron  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Pekka Rinne
2nd Period
09:26NSH Hal Gill  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodSTLNSH
1st136
2nd511
3rd310
OT30
Total2427
Team Stats
CategorySTLNSH
Power Plays0/10/1
Hits2226
Faceoff Wins3026
Giveaways414
Takeaways128
Blocked Shots2114
Penalty Minutes22
  • ST LOUIS
  • NASHVILLE
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4K. RussellD0111016:27
5B. JackmanD00-22024:17
10A. McDonaldL00-12019:33
12S. NicholC00-20011:59
17V. SobotkaL1013017:01
21P. BerglundC0115020:58
22K. ShattenkirkD00-12024:12
25C. StewartR1013014:42
26B. CrombeenR00-11011:05
27A. PietrangeloD0012026:37
28C. ColaiacovoD0010019:02
32C. PorterL0000014:00
42D. BackesC0001019:02
44J. ArnottC0110012:43
46R. PolakD0000019:19
57D. PerronL0112220:04
74T. OshieR0000016:45
75R. ReavesR00-10010:14
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41J. Halak2527.92665:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6S. WeberD0000029:20
8K. KleinD00-13017:50
10M. EratR0004019:33
11D. LegwandC00-12020:09
12M. FisherC0002019:38
13N. SpalingC0101019:11
15C. SmithC00-12017:49
18B. YipR011008:38
20R. SuterD0000029:12
22J. TootooR0100013:24
24M. HalischukR011109:18
25J. SmithsonC001109:39
33C. WilsonC1013018:02
51F. BouillonD00-10014:51
57G. BourqueL00-22014:40
59R. JosiD1013020:04
74S. KostitsynL0002018:53
75H. GillD0011217:49
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35P. Rinne2224.91765:00