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Final: Blues 4, Predators 3 (shootout)

2013-01-21T16:43:00Z 2013-01-22T21:22:03Z Final: Blues 4, Predators 3 (shootout)By Jeremy Rutherford jrutherford@post-dispatch.com 314-444-7135 stltoday.com

The Blues edged Nashville 4-3 in a shootout Monday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Alex Steen clinched the outcome with a shootout goal in the second round, following T.J. Oshie's successful attempt. The Predators were 0-2 in the shootout, with Brian Elliott coming up strong.

Elliott recorded the victory after replacing Jaroslav Halak in the second period. Halak allowed three goals on 11 shots before heading to the showers.

The Blues trailed 3-2 with under 10 minutes left in regulation, but Alex Pietrangelo knotted the score with his first goal of the season.

The primary assist went to Vladimir Tarasenko, who had three points Monday with one goal and two assists. Tarasenko is now tied for the NHL lead in points with five.

Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist and Kevin Shattenkirk added two assists.

The Blues improved to 2-0 on the young season despite taking eight minor penalties. The Predators were 2 for 6 on the power play.

Patric Hornqvist handed Nashville a 3-2 lead with 7:07 left in the second period, marking the end for Halak. Elliott made 13 saves in relief for the victory.

The Blues outshot the Predators 39-24, so through two games they've outshot their opponents 75-38.

The club will have a quick turnaround, playing its second game on back-to-back nights Tuesday in Chicago (2-0).

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The Blues and Predators are scoreless through overtime and will head to a shootout.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made a sensational save on the Blues' T.J. Oshie with 42 seconds left in OT.

Blues 3, Predators 3 ... heading to a shootout.

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The Blues and Predators are tied 3-3 heading into overtime.

The Blues' goals belong to Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko and Andy McDonald.

The Predators' have two power-play goals among their three tallies tonight.

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With time running out in regulation, Alex Pietrangelo has helped the Blues tie the Predators 3-3 with his firs goal of the season.

After serving a penalty for "handling the puck," Pietrangelo took a wide-angle shot that beat Pekka Rinne on the short side.

The primary assist went to Tarasenko, who has had a hand in all three goals tonight - one goal and two assists.

Jaden Schwartz also assisted for his first point of the season.

Blues 3, Predators 3 ... with 7:50 left in regulation.

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The Predators are going on their fifth power play of the night, after Alex Pietrangelo was called for "handling the puck."

The Preds are 2 for 4 tonight.

Predators 3, Blues 2 ... with 13:54 left in regulation.

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With Nashville leading 3-2 after two periods tonight, the headline for the Blues is penalties.

Teams were warned about the strict enforcement of interference this season, and while there will be some questionable calls made, the Blues have been hit with six minors tonight, including two interference calls.

The Predators are 2 for 4 on the power play, and their second man-advantage goal was the only score of the second period. Hornqvist's first goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie with 7:07 left in the second period.

The goal chased Jaroslav Halak from the game. He gave up three goals on 11 shots. He had a couple of nice saves, but he also had several shots hit the post.

Predators 3, Blues 2 ... in the 2nd intermission.

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Nashville went on the power play after an interference call against the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk. And the Predators' capitalized with a power-play goal, their second of the game, for a 3-2 lead.

Patric Hornqvist beat Jaroslav Halak, who has been pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Brian Elliott, Tuesday's scheduled starter, has entered the game.

Predators 3, Blues 2 ... with 7:07 left in the 2nd period. 

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The Blues and Predators are underway in the second period, with the score tied 2-2. The period started with both sides skating 4 on 4, following matching roughing penalties against Ryan Reaves and Hall Gill.

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Things are even in the Music City between the Blues and the Predators tonight.

Both teams have an even-strength goal and a power-play goal, as the score is tied 2-2 at the end of the first intermission.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Andy McDonald have the goals for the Blues, while Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher have the tallies for the Predators.

Tarasenko has a goal and an assist, giving him four points in four periods. Shattenkirk has two more assists, also giving him four points in four periods.

The Blues outshot the Preds 14-6 in the first period and have now outshot opponents 50-20 through four periods, including Saturday's win over Detroit.

Blues 2, Predators 2 ... in the 1st intermission.

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The score is knotted again, 2-2, after Nashville's Mike Fisher notches his team's second goal of the game.

Fisher's first of the season came on the power play with the Blues' David Perron serving a slashing penalty. It was Perron's fourth minor penalty of the season.

Blues 2, Predators 2 ... with 2:47 left in the 1st period.

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The Blues' power play is back at it tonight.

Andy McDonald has scored his first goal of the season on a terrific feed from Vladimir Tarasenko, putting the Blues ahead 2-1. 

The Blues' man-advantage is now 5-for-6 this season. Tarasenko has one goal and one assist, giving him four points in two games.

Blues 2, Predators 1 ...with 4:56 left in the 1st period.

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Vladimir Tarasenko has struck again.

The Russian rookie has his third goal of the season, scoring on a shot from the middle of the ice to beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.

Andy McDonald and Alex Steen assisted on the goal, which has tied the score.

Blues 1, Predators 1 ... with 10:32 left in the 1st period.

 

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Four periods into the 2013 season, the Blues have surrendered their first goal.

As Nashville created a rush, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo pinched into the neutral zone to break it up, and when that didn't work, the Predators had an odd-man break.

Colin Wilson took a feed from Patric Hornqvist and buried a shot over the blocker of Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Predators 1, Blues 0 ... with 10:50 left in the 1st period.

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The Blues are dressing the same lineup as they did in Saturday's 6-0 win over Detroit:

Forwards

Perron-Backes-Oshie

McDonald-Steen-Tarasenko

Schwartz-Berglund-Stewart

Sobotka-Nichol-Reaves

Defense

Cole-Pietrangelo

Jackman-Shattenkirk

Russell-Polak

Goalie

Halak

Jeremy is a reporter at the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @jprutherford.

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