The St. Louis Blues broke a 1-1 tie and scored twice in the third period to defeat the Nashville Predators by a 3-1 final on Saturday night at Scottrade Center. The result gives Nashville a 1-2-0 record to finish their three-game excursion and a 7-7-3 mark overall.
The final frame saw the Preds give up a couple odd-man chances and the Blues took advantage, scoring two goals in the last 20 minutes to seal the victory, with Pekka Rinne suffering his first regulation loss of the month.
"I thought we were good for two periods," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "They seemed to grab some momentum off of that power play to open the third period, and shortly after that, we just couldn't seem to corral it. They gained some momentum… to start the third and we just couldn't get going."
"It was a close, tight game," defenseman Roman Josi said. "It's always tight games against St. Louis, not a lot of room out there. It was close, and they played better in the third."
Mike Ribeiro got the lone Preds goal on the evening on the power play, his second in as many games. But Blues netminder Jake Allen shut the door the rest of the way, turning aside 30 Nashville shots on the night.
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"We did some things well; starting [the third] period, we were on the penalty kill and I think that it maybe took us a while to get going," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "Until that second goal, I felt that we had a really good chance to get two points in this game, but it didn't happen."
From here, the Preds head back to Nashville for a three-game set, looking to replicate the success of their previous home stand.
"We've been on the road for a couple games now, and it's always nice to go home to Nashville," Josi said. "We've been playing well at home."
James Neal saw his six-game goal streak come to an end on Thursday night. He finished tied for the franchise record for consecutive games with a goal, along with Filip Forsberg, Patric Hornqvist, Alexander Radulov and J-P Dumont.
Forward Colin Wilson participated in Nashville's morning skate, but missed the contest against the Blues with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.
Earlier in the day, d-man Anthony Bitetto was sent to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. Bitetto record four shots in a 2-1 overtime victory for the Admirals over the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday night.
The Preds return to Bridgestone Arena for a Thanksgiving week home stand, beginning on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.