NHL Game Summary - Nashville at St. Louis
(Wednesday, January 4th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, St. Louis 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Vernon Fiddler scored two goals and Paul Kariya added a tally to lift the Nashville Predators past the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, at Savvis Center.
Kariya also had an assist and Steve Sullivan scored as well for the Predators, who snapped a four-game losing streak that followed six wins in a row. Chris Mason started in net for the Predators, but allowed two goals on just three shots faced before being pulled.
Tomas Vokoun saw 19 shots in relief, and was able to turn aside 18 of them and help Nashville remain undefeated against St. Louis this season (4-0).
"We kind of stopped the bleeding," said Vokoun of Nashville ending its losing skid.
Ryan Johnson and Doug Weight both scored for the Blues, who have lost three of their last four. Curtis Sanford stopped 19-of-23 shots faced in defeat.
Petr Cajanek had a goal and an assist for St. Louis and now has four goals and seven assists in 13 career games against the Predators. Mike Sillinger added a pair of helpers in the loss.
"You can't feel good about your game, sitting there thinking its going to be easy," said Sillinger. "We had them down 1-0 and 2-1 and we gave them two goals."
Nashville tallied two goals in the second frame, both on the power play, to hold a 4-2 edge heading into the third.
Fiddler's second goal of the contest came with St. Louis' Eric Weinrich in the penalty box for hooking and staked the Predators to a one-goal lead at the 9:34 mark. The goal came with Fiddler stationed to the side of the net, and the center was able to deflect Kimmo Timonen's shot past Sanford.
Kariya's tally on the man advantage came with 35 seconds remaining in the frame and later proved to be the game-winner. It was the forward's 13th tally of the season.
Weight's power-play score 4:39 into the third pulled the Blues to within one at 4-3. The tally came just eight seconds after Nashville's Danny Markov was whistled for tripping.
Right off the faceoff, Sillinger sent the puck to Cajanek, who in turn found Weight to the right of the net for the marker.
The Blues fired nine shots in the third and converted their only power play, but could still not net the equalizer and give the home crowd a victory.
The teams combined for three goals in a 34 second span in the first period and were tied at 2-2 after the stanza.
Johnson's third goal of the year staked the Blues to a 1-0 edge just 3:26 into the contest, but Fiddler answered just 18 seconds later to tie things. However, Cajanek found the back of the net just 16 seconds after the equalizer to put the Blues back on top by one and chase Mason.
"I was surprised, it's to bad for Mason," said Vokoun on coming into the game. "He didn't have a chance."
Sullivan's 18th tally of the season tied the contest 2-2 at the 9:54 mark of the first.
St. Louis finished a three-game homestand at 1-1-1 and will now begin a five- game road trip...The two franchises will meet four more times this season...The Blues, who defeated Vancouver Monday, have not won back-to-back games since a two-game winning streak in mid-November...Sillinger has three goals and four assists in his past three games...Nashville finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while St. Louis was 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
01/04 23:12:54 ET