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Predators, with six unanswered goals, defeat Blues

Mike Fisher scores twice, goalie Pekka Rinne wins 250th NHL game

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators scored six unanswered goals for a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, giving goalie Pekka Rinne his 250th NHL victory. 

It was the first time this season the Predators had come back and won when trailing after the second period (1-8-0) and the first time they've come back from a trailing by three goals. 

"That was the Predators," forward Filip Forsberg said. "I mean, that's how we want to play. That's how we've been playing for the last few years since I got here. I've seen this team do so many good things like that, and obviously that's something that we'll build on for sure."

"That was just a great effort being down like that and just finding a way to come back," Fisher said. "[We] played really good in the second and third periods against a great team, too, division rival. That was a big game."

Mike Ribeiro made it 5-3 at 10:31 on a rebound. Forward Craig Smith took the original shot from the left circle and Ribeiro scored on the rebound for his fourth goal.


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Mike Ribeiro made it 5-3 at 10:31 on a rebound. Forward Craig Smith took the original shot from the left circle and Ribeiro scored on the rebound for his fourth goal.

Fisher scored an empty-net goal with 1:22 remaining.

Predators forward Ryan Johansen tied the game 3-3 at 3:04 of the third period on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle. Johansen took a pass from Wilson and beat Allen for his sixth goal.

Video: STL@NSH: Johansen snaps the puck in far side

Predators forward James Neal started the comeback at 4:07 of the second period when he scored from the right faceoff circle to make it 1-0. Johansen won the faceoff back to Neal, and he beat Allen with a wrist shot for his 12th goal.

Forsberg scored 2:15 later on a wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle to make it 3-2.

"The second goal hurt us, but I thought [Blues forward Kyle Brodziak's] line really helped us recover," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We had a 3-2 lead going into the third period, and it's been three games like this that we've lost on the road where we've had the game taken from us in the third period."

Kevin Shattenkirk gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 10:12 of the first period on a shot from the point that bounced off Predators defenseman Roman Josi and past Rinne for his seventh goal.

"I thought we got outworked at the puck," Hitchcock said. "We made some big errors in our own zone with the puck, and they took advantage of it."

Ryan Reaves made it 2-0 at 16:41 on a wrist shot from the slot for his second goal.

Brad Hunt gave the Blues a 3-0 lead at 1:49 of the second period on a one-timer on the power play for his first goal.


Goal of the game

Neal's goal seemed to change the complexion of the game. His quick shot through traffic and beat Allen, and the Predators controlled play after that.

Video: STL@NSH: Neal snaps one home off faceoff


Save of the game

Rinne made a save on Blues forward Patrik Berglund at 12:49 of second period on an odd-man rush to keep the game 3-2. Berglund got the puck at the right faceoff circle and got off a wrist shot that Rinne corralled.


Unsung performance of the game

Wilson made a patient pass to set up the game-winning goal by Fisher. He waited for the Blues to lay in and block the passing lane, then stepped around a defender to hit Fisher with the pass.


Highlight of the game

Forsberg's goal came on a quick wrist shot that beat Allen through the five-hole.

Video: STL@NSH: Forsberg wrists one five-hole past Allen


They said it

"Once they scored that third one, a nice pass on the power play and a good finish, we took off. Something triggered for us, and we were unstoppable. That's the best I've seen this team play, I think, since I've been here, just skating and everyone on the same page. You go through our whole lineup and everybody was doing so many great things out there. I think we really needed that win. We needed a character comeback win like that, and hopefully we'll be able to use that moving forward now for some confidence and knowing that we're always in a game."-- Predators forward Ryan Johansen


Need to know

Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is expected to participate in a full practice Wednesday. He has missed three games with a lower-body injury. … Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis and forward Colton Sissons returned. Ellis missed eight games with an upper-body injury, and Sissons missed seven with an upper-body injury.


What's next

Blues: Host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


Video: Fisher nets two as Predators down Blues, 6-3

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