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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

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday