NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Nashville
(Wednesday, November 24th)
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Nashville 1 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Andy McDonald scored nine seconds into the game and notched the only goal of the shootout, and the St. Louis Blues captured a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators to snap a four-game road losing streak.
McDonald, who was one second off the Blues' record for fastest goal to start a game, slid a backhander under Rinne to begin the fifth round of the shootout. Sergei Kostitsyn tried to extend the shootout for Nashville, but hit the post with his shot.
Jaroslav Halak was solid in net, making 29 saves in regulation for the Blues, who have won three straight overall.
"He made a lot of key saves for us, especially right there at the end of the third period," said St. Louis' Barret Jackman. "They had some big opportunities and he shut the door and gave us an opportunity to win it."
Jerred Smithson scored the lone goal for Nashville, which has lost two in a row. Pekka Rinne needed to make only 14 saves in regulation and overtime to help the Predators earn a point.
McDonald took a fortunate bounce in the opening seconds and turned it into St. Louis' lone goal. He skated into the Nashville zone with a defenseman in front and fired a soft wrister from the left circle. Rinne's glove wasn't fast enough to grab it, as the disc sailed into the top right corner of the net.
Halak made eight stops in the first period, but Nashville struck for its lone tally 22 seconds into the second period on Smithson's second goal of the season.
The Predators were the aggressors for the remainder of the contest, but couldn't solve Halak, who made 21 saves over the final two periods. Rinne faced just eight shots combined in the second and third and had no issue turning them all aside.
"For the most part, we wanted to establish a good tempo and be real firm on the puck," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "After we got through the first period, I thought we were pretty good."
St. Louis, though, had the best opportunity in the overtime period with a 3- on-1 rush. David Backes attemped to pass down low to McDonald, who had an open net at which to shoot. McDonald wasn't able to time the shot correctly, and the puck sailed by him.
The fastest goal to start a game in Blues' history is eight seconds, done twice, most recently by Alex Steen on March 16 against Colorado...The Predators fell to 3-1 in shootouts, while the Blues improved to 3-2...Jackman played for St. Louis after missing the last nine games with a knee injury...The season series is tied, 2-2...Despite the loss, Rinne is 14-6 lifetime in shootouts.
11/25 02:26:21 ET