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B.J. Crombeen's three goals lift Blues to 6-3 win over Predators

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ST. LOUIS - B.J. Crombeen scored three goals, including the game-winner with 3:43 to play, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Nashville Predators 6-3 Monday night.

Alexander Steen, Patrik Berglund and Brad Boyes also scored for the Blues, who are 3-0 against the Predators this season. Antti Pihlstrom, Kevin Klein and J.P. Dumont scored for Nashville, which had won six of its previous seven road games.

The Blues broke a 3-3 tie when Crombeen, whose father Mike played for the Blues from 1978-83, took a feed from Steen in the slot and beat Pekka Rinne.

Boyes, who scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season, deflected a point shot from Barret Jackman 45 seconds later to add insurance for St. Louis.

The Blues had a chance to grab a lead at the start of the third period when Nashville's David Legwand was whistled for a four-minute high-sticking penalty. However, the Blues failed to get a shot on goal.

Pihlstrom got into the slot and beat Manny Legace to the far side on a power play at 9:57 of the opening period after the Blues failed to clear the puck on two occasions to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.

Crombeen tied it with 41 seconds to play in the opening period, taking advantage of a Predators turnover and beating Rinne at side of the goal after the Blues kept the puck in the Nashville zone.

After Klein gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 6:32 of the second period with a breakaway goal, the teams combined for three goals in a span of 2:01 late in the period.

With Nashville's Jordin Tootoo in the penalty box for interference and Vernon Fiddler in the box for holding, Steen tied the game at 14:56 with his first point in seven games since joining the Blues, scoring on a two-man advantage that turned out to be a three-man advantage as a delayed penalty was being called.

Berglund scored another power-play goal for the Blues to give them a 3-2 lead at 16:22 before Dumont tied the game 35 seconds later.

Crombeen added an empty-netter with 30 seconds to play for his first career hat trick.

Notes: Boyes scored his 100th NHL goal. ... The last times these teams met on Nov. 25, Blues G and former Predator Chris Mason recorded a career-high 47 saves in a 1-0 shootout victory. ... Blues rookie C T.J. Oshie sat out Monday's game after reinjuring his left ankle Saturday against Phoenix. Oshie missed 13 games before returning to the lineup Friday against Calgary. ... Rinne was 6-0 this season, including a pair of shutouts in two of his last four games. ... Nashville F Scott Nichol played in his 400th career game.

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