NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Nashville|
(Thursday, October 14th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, St. Louis 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Steve Sullivan netted two goals to help the
Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, at Bridgestone Arena.
Patric Hornqvist and Marcel Goc also tallied for the Predators, who have
opened the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2005-06.
"We're not going to get too full of ourselves," Predators coach Barry Trotz
said. "When we work and play the way we want to play, we're going to have
success. When you stop working and think you're better than you are, you're
going to lose some games."
Nashville rookie goaltender Anders Lindback, making his second consecutive
start in place of starter Pekka Rinne, stopped 32 shots. Rinne is day-to-day
with a lower-body injury.
T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and Matt D'Agostini each had a goal for St. Louis,
which posted home wins over Philadelphia and Anaheim to begin the season.
Jaroslav Halak was beaten four times on 22 shots.
"We spent a little bit too much time in our own zone," Blues head coach Davis
Payne said. "Not being ready to play in a building where this team has had a
lot of success and we haven't...as a group we have to be sharper."
Berglund scored on the power play, taking a feed from Andy McDonald and
snapping the puck behind Lindback at the 5:13 mark of the third period, to
draw the Blues to within a goal.
Nashville's Joel Ward was called for tripping with 1:03 remaining in
regulation. St. Louis pulled Halak to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but couldn't
generate the equalizer.
Goc staked the Predators to a 1-0 lead 56 seconds into the contest, collecting
his own blocked shot and firing a wrister from between the circles that beat
Halak on the stick side.
Nashville then converted a 5-on-3 power play as Sullivan one-timed a cross-ice
pass from Ryan Suter at 11:14 of the first period. Blues defenseman Eric
Brewer had lifted the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty 10
seconds after forward Brad Boyes went off for holding, giving the Predators a
lengthy two-man advantage.
D'Agostini put St. Louis on the board at 13:37 of the opening frame, but
Sullivan hammered a Cal O'Reilly pass over the glove of Halak 15 seconds later
to restore Nashville's two-goal lead.
Sullivan had a golden opportunity to complete hat trick, but Halak denied him
on a breakaway in the waning seconds of the period.
The teams traded power-play goals in the middle stanza. Oshie scored on a
backhander at 8:15, cutting St. Louis' deficit to 3-2, and Hornqvist banged
home the rebound of O'Reilly's shot under Halak's right pad at 16:21.
O'Reilly registered three assists...The Predators dominated the series between
the clubs last season, winning five of the six meetings...The Blues haven't
started a season 3-0 since 1993-94.
10/15 03:43:59 ET