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Predators recover, defeat Blues in shootout

Blow two-goal lead before Carr wins it; Allen makes 37 saves for St. Louis

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

Johansen goes upstairs on rebound

STL@NSH: Johansen puts home backhander on big rebound

Ryan Johansen tracks down Calle Jarnkrok's rebound and lifts it home with his backhand, doubling the Predators' lead in the 1st

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NASHVILLE -- Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen scored for the Nashville Predators in a 3-2 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

The Predators (11-9-3) have won two consecutive games against the Blues. They won 4-2 in St. Louis on Saturday.

"You can just tell when you get in here, everyone is bought in to kind of get going and buying into what everyone else is trying to do," Nashville forward Daniel Carr said. "I think you just see it with the guys, and it translates on the ice. I think everyone is giving the best effort they can, and you get results when that happens."


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Carr and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators in the four-round shootout. Carr was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Video: STL@NSH: Carr wins it for Predators in shootout

Jake Allen made 37 saves for the Blues (14-5-6), who are 2-2-3 in their past seven games.

"We played a good third period," St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. "We battled back and got a point out of it. It's a tough game. They're a good team. They work hard. It's a tough building to play in. I thought we battled all night. Got down 2-0 early, we had the power plays early on in the first period and didn't capitalize there. A couple of mistakes and they scored, and then we made it a game."

Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues to tie the game 2-2 at 13:09 of the third period on a wrist shot from the slot on a pass from Robert Thomas.

Video: STL@NSH: Schenn nets Thomas' feed for equalizer

"It was an entertaining game," Allen said. "I thought a lot of chances both ways and obviously a wild overtime. I think we showed a lot of guts here. We were down two, lost to them last game and found a way to battle back. Obviously we didn't get the win, but we get a point out of it against a team that's on the up." 

Bonino gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 7:59 of the first period on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle. Rocco Grimaldi knocked the puck down entering the zone and found Bonino on the rush.

"We had to find a way to do a little more and a little more," Johansen said. "You've got to keep finding ways in the little details and the little plays in the game, and I think we've done that the last two games. Now we'll look at things again tomorrow and keep finding ways to improve and continue to get better."

Johansen gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 11:37 of the first period on a rebound. Forsberg's shot was redirected by Calle Jarnkrok, and Johansen got to the rebound to beat Allen.

"I needed to elevate for sure," Johansen said. "Especially when you're in a funk, you've really got to look yourself in the mirror and understand what you need to bring to the table and do everything you can to bring more. Being an older guy now, that's taking more accountability for that. So I feel like I've played a couple of solid games to help us as much as I can. When we have 20 men going, it's a lot of fun out there and we do a lot of good things."

David Perron scored for the Blues to make it 2-1 at 12:30 of the second period on the rush. He got to the rebound of his own shot and beat Predators goalie Juuse Saros with his second attempt.


They said it

"When we got the first goal there, it was huge for our team. I think it pushed them off a little bit, and we were able to just trust the process and play our game and didn't have to force anything. [Allen] came up big at the right time, even in overtime, and kept us in there. We had some tired guys on the ice for a couple minutes. Just made some big saves." -- Blues forward David Perron

"Those guys are unbelievable. They're unbelievable on the ice, and then they're unbelievable guys off the ice too. They're eager to help and they're very good at communicating with you what to look for and the plays to make. It just makes it so much easier to play with them." -- Predators forward Daniel Carr on playing on a line with Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund


Need to know

Blues forward Troy Brouwer made his season debut. He finished with one hit in 9:01. … Predators forward Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game.


What's next

Blues: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, SUN, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Video: Johansen, Carr help Predators down Blues in shootout

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