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Mason makes 47 saves plus two in shootout of Blues' 1-0 win over Preds @NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chris Mason made 47 saves through overtime and then was perfect in two shootout rounds to carry the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Mason earned his first shutout of the season and the 13th of his NHL career. He outduelled Nashville's Dan Ellis, who also posted his first blanking with a 17-save effort but allowed shootout goals to Dave Perron and Brad Boyes.

Ellis, who made his ninth straight start, picked up his seventh NHL shutout.

Mason clinched the win with stops against Rich Peverley and Ville Koistinen in the shootout, and was sharp in killing off Barret Jackman's tripping penalty in overtime.

Jackman was sent off just 43 seconds into the extra session after he dragged down Martin Erat. The Predators kept the puck in the St. Louis zone for much of the advantage, but couldn't get any of their five shots past Mason. Nashville also hit the post with two other drives during the power play.

Nashville outshot St. Louis 11-3 in the third period and 9-1 in overtime.

Notes: The Predators have outshot opponents in four straight games after doing that only twice in their 10 previous games. ... The Blues played for the first time since trading RW Lee Stempniak to Toronto on Monday. ... LW Antti Pihlstrom played in his first game of the season for the Predators and the second of his career. ... Mason appeared in his first game in Nashville since he was dealt by the Predators to St. Louis in June.

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