NHL Game Summary - Nashville at St. Louis
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves as the Nashville Predators remained undefeated on the season in beating the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at the Savvis Center.
The Predators improved to 5-0, joining Ottawa (5-0) as the lone remaining unbeaten teams in the NHL this season. It also marked the first time the Predators won in St. Louis since January 4, 2001. Nashville had been 0-8-1 since that time.
"I think it was a combination of things. The Blues were deeper than we were and maybe a little tougher, and their power play was unbelievable," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "But in the last 18 months, the climate's changed a little bit."
Nashville was led by four different goal scorers in the game, including Steve Sullivan, who scored his fourth goal of the season. David Legwand had the go- ahead tally in the second period.
Jamal Mayers scored the lone goal for St. Louis, his third of the year, which had tied the game in the second period.
Patrick Lalime made 20 saves for the Blues, who fell to 1-4 on the season.
"Our power play struggled," Blue head coach Mike Kitchen said. "It didn't give us any momentum at all."
With the scored tied 1-1 early in the second, Nashville took control. Legwand gave Nashville the lead at 12:57 of the second, scoring his first goal of the season on a feed from Paul Kariya. Legwand fired a wrist shot high, stick side that beat Lalime.
The assist by Kariya was his fifth of the season and the 399th of his career.
Nashville added a goal with less than 30 seconds to play in the second period when Scott Hartnell scored to give the Predators a 3-1 lead. Hartnell ripped a slap shot from the right circle past Lalime off a feed from rookie defenseman Ryan Suter.
In the third period, Nashville tightened things up defensively on the Blues and Vokoun stood tall making 11 saves in the final period.
Nashville added an empty net goal by Greg Johnson at 18:33 to ice the victory.
Nashville got on the board in the first period as Sullivan scored on a breakaway on a feed from Scott Walker that sprung Sullivan into the zone all alone on Lalime. Sullivan then beat Lalime top shelf at the 6:37 mark.
Both teams played extremely well defensively to start the game and limited the scoring chances at both ends in the first period. Vokoun finished the opening period with eight saves and Lalime had six.
The Predators improved to 3-0 on the road...The Blues are 1-3 at home...In his second game in the NHL, Suter picked up his first two points in the league with two assists.
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