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Predators score 3 times in 1st period, Rinne stops 31 shots en route to 6-1 win over Blues

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Predators score 3 times in 1st period, Rinne stops 31 shots en route to 6-1 win over Blues

ST. LOUIS - Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots and the Nashville Predators broke out of a season-long scoring slump with three first-period goals on the way to a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune and Nick Spaling scored in the opening period for Nashville, which won its third in a row. The Predators entered with an NHL-low 12 regulation goals in their first eight games.

St. Louis lost its second straight after winning four in a row from Jan 24-31.

Nashville completed a 4-2-1 road trip, tying the longest in franchise history. St. Louis beat the Predators 3-0 on Jan. 24, the second leg of the trip.

Rinne improved to 3-2-3 this season. Colin Wilson had three assists for the Predators.

Quote of the Day

This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens