Final Score: St. Louis 1, Nashville 0
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brian Elliott registered his second shutout
in as many games, while Alexander Steen netted the game's only goal late in
the second period in the surging St. Louis Blues' 1-0 triumph over the
Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Elliott, named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday after posting a
1.45 goals against average in three St. Louis wins, wasn't tested much in a
15-save performance against an injury-riddled Nashville squad that's now
dropped four straight games and has gone 1-5-2 since March 28.
The Blues, on the other hand, have now ripped off a season-high five
consecutive victories and further enhanced their chances of securing a berth
in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs.
"The Detroit game (a 1-0 win on Sunday) was a little tougher to get the
shutout, but it really doesn't matter," Elliott said. "You always just want to
beat them by whatever. Obviously, you just want the 'W.'"
Steen's blast with 3:23 remaining in the second period was the lone blemish on
Pekka Rinne, with the Nashville netminder accumulating 25 saves but receiving
little offensive support.
Neither team mounted much of an attack during a scoreless first period that
contained a mere 10 shots combined, and the contest remained deadlocked after
Rinne turned back nine St. Louis chances as the Blues controlled the action
over the first five-plus minutes of the second.
St. Louis finally broke through with just under 3 1/2 minutes left in the
middle session, capitalizing on an odd-man rush in which Steen skated hard up
the left side before firing a long drive that Rinne couldn't get down quickly
enough to block.
The goal was all the Blues needed to extend their unbeaten run, as the
punchless Predators managed only five shots in the third period and never put
forth a serious threat.
"We can't sustain any offense and it is tough to get any shots," said
Predators defenseman and captain Shea Weber. "Everything we've got has been
from the outside and we really did not have very many good scoring chances."
St. Louis was also not whistled for a penalty over the course of the full 60
minutes of play.
The Blues last won five in a row from March 3-11 of last season ... Forward
Andy McDonald returned to the Blues' lineup after missing Sunday's win
at Detroit with the flu ... The Predators recalled forward Daniel Bang
from Milwaukee of the AHL prior to the game, with the rookie making his NHL
debut in place of Brandon Yip, who was scratched after suffering a lower-body
injury Sunday at Chicago ... St. Louis improved to 11-4-2 in one-goal games
04/10 00:13:32 ET
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