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Miller sharp, Cole nets winner as Blues nip Preds

Nashville, TN ( - Last week's acquisitions of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott continue to pay immediate dividends for the St. Louis Blues.

Miller turned aside 20-of-21 shots to remain unbeaten in a Blues' uniform, while Ott assisted on one of two St. Louis goals in the club's 2-1 decision over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Magnus Paajarvi recorded the game-winning score with 8:18 elapsed in the second period, with Ian Cole registering a goal and an assist to help the Blues remain two points ahead of rival Chicago for first place in the Central Division.

St. Louis is 3-0-0 since Miller and Ott joined the team two days after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres last Friday.

Nashville's Pekka Rinne stopped 20-of-22 chances in his second game back from a hip injury, but the Predators mustered only Nick Spaling's first-period score in falling to 1-4-2 over their last seven games.

03/06 22:43:39 ET