NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Nashville
(Saturday, December 16th)
Final Score: Nashville 3, St. Louis 2 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Paul Kariya scored in regulation and added the game-winner in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at Gaylord Entertainment Center in the front end of a home-and-home set.
In the shootout, Kariya was the second shooter for Nashville and his wrist shot went into the left corner of the net. Doug Weight had the last opportunity for St. Louis, but his backhander was stopped by Predators goaltender Chris Mason.
Scott Nichol scored the other goal and Mason stopped 33 shots for the Predators, who have won three straight and four of their last five games.
"It was a good test for us being down 2-0 in our own building," said Nichols. "I think we responded really well."
Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Weight also scored for the Blues, who have now dropped their last ten games.
Manny Legace stopped 22 shots in the defeat for St. Louis, which is now 0-2-1 under new head coach Andy Murray, who took over for previous coach Mike Kitchen on Monday.
"We're getting better," said Tkachuk. "It comes in steps. We're gonna keep battling and battling, that's the bottom line."
The teams finish the series in St. Louis on Sunday.
The Blues thoroughly dominated the first period and scored twice to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Tkachuk gave his club an early lead when he skated into the Nashville end along the left boards, cut to the front of the net and from the left side flicked a shot past a sprawled-out Mason just 29 seconds in.
At the 10:43 mark of the period, Weight scored on the power play for his third goal of the season.
Legace only needed to make six saves in the first period.
The Predators finally broke onto the scoreboard in the second period with a power play goal when a shot by Kariya from the high slot tipped off the stick of a St. Louis player and into the net halfway through the frame.
With time winding down, Steve Sullivan sent a pass from the left boards to Nichol, whose one-timer from the slot beat Legace to tie the game with 16.6 seconds left in the period.
The Predators were credited with 13 shots and were awarded four power plays, while the Blues had nine shots and two power plays in the final stanza, but neither side was able to pull ahead.
St. Louis went 1-for-6 on the power play while Nashville scored on one of its eight chances...Nashville has won its last 10 games against the Blues..Kariya's power-play goal was his first of the year with the extra man.
12/16 23:30:31 ET