Weber leads Preds past Blues
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing EditorShea Weber
made sure the Nashville Predators
earned another win against the St. Louis Blues
on Tuesday night.
The highly-skilled defenseman had three assists and Pekka Rinne
made 24 saves as the Preds skated away with a 4-3 victory over the Blues at the Scotttrade Center. With the win, Nashville improved to 24-6-3 against St. Louis since the 2005-06 campaign.
Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist
, Joel Ward and J.P. Dumont scored for the Predators, with all of those tallies coming in succession.
''It was intense,'' Weber said. ''There were body checks, guys sticking up for each other, a good flow both ways. They came back, we had the momentum early. They got it back in the third period and made it close.''
The Blues, who got a goal and an assist from Alex Steen
and goals from Carlo Colaiacovo
and Andy McDonald
, own the NHL's worst home record at 6-13-2. They've lost seven of their last eight at home. Steen and McDonald's goals came midway through the third period to cut Nashville's lead to 4-3, but the Blues failed to notch the equalizer.
''You knew they were going to have a big push because we were outskating them, they took some poor penalties and some really aggressive penalties and we capitalized on them,'' Predators coach Barry Trotz said. ''I'm sure they got scolded a little bit and they have a lot of pride. They're-well coached and they have a lot of good players over there that really bear down and tried to get back in the game.''
Colaiacovo opened the scoring just 1:29 into the game, but Goc tied it at 5:04 of the first with his eighth goal of the season. Hornqvist made it 2-1 at 12:43 as the Preds outshot St. Louis 15-6 in the first period.
The Blues were hit with three penalties totaling eight minutes in a span of 1:45 early in the second period, and Ward capitalized on a two-man advantage as he beat Chris Mason (26 saves) at 4:09. It was his seventh goal of the season.
''It's definitely tough to get momentum killing penalties,'' Mason said. ''The first two periods, we could have been a lot better.''
Dumont gave the Predators a 4-1 lead with his seventh goal of the season at 5:16 of the third period, when he cruised around Darryl Sydor before poking a shot past Mason near the goal post.
It was one of only four shots by Nashville in the third, as St. Louis dominated the play and nearly completed the late comeback.
''They kept coming and coming you know you have to give credit to those guys,'' Rinne said. ''They played hard, they battled hard to the end, but I think we managed the game really well even though we were under the pressure. Our guys did a great job.''
Material from wire services was used in this report.