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Tarasenko has goal and assist in regulation, then lifts Blues over Predators in shootout

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 11:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tarasenko has goal and assist in regulation, then lifts Blues over Predators in shootout

ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Brian Elliott, who has won 14 of his last 15 at home, stopped three of four shots in the shootout. Nashville fell to 1-7 in the tiebreaker.

Jaden Schwartz and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who have beaten the Predators eight of the last nine. Elliott made 28 saves to end a three-game losing streak.

Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher and Roman Josi scored the Nashville goals, and Carter Hutton turned aside 31 shots.

Fisher got the Predators even 2-2 at 3:25 of the third period when he beat Elliott from a bad angle along the right boards. Josi then gave Nashville its first lead when he scored at 7:33. Tarasenko tied it 16 seconds later from the slot.

Schwartz opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:11 of the first period when he converted a centring pass from Chris Stewart. Backes gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead when he redirected Jay Bouwmeester's shot from the right point at 3:31 of the second.

But Gaustad got the Predators back in it with 3:12 left in the second when the puck came to him in the slot off a scrum in the corner, and he buried a shot past Elliott.

NOTES: Nashville D Shea Weber, who scored twice in Friday night's 3-2 win against New Jersey, was listed as questionable because of an upper-body injury but he played his usual shifts. ... Backes played in his 543rd game with the Blues, tying him with Keith Tkachuk for 12th place on the team's career list. ... Josi has 11 points in his last 10 games.

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