St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Vladimir Tarasenko's third-period goal
tied the game and he notched the game-deciding marker in the shootout, giving
the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Jaden Schwartz and David Backers also lit the lamp for the Blues.
Brian Elliott made 28 saves as St. Louis won for the fourth time in its last
"We needed this game after losing the last game," Tarasenko said.
Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher and Roman Josi scored for the Predators, while
Carter Hutton allowed all three goals on 34 shots. Nashville had won two
straight entering the contest.
T.J. Oshie went first for the Blues in the shootout. He weaved his way back-
and-forth in the slot and wristed a shot over the right pad of Hutton. In the
second round, Nashville's Ryan Ellis raced in on net and switched from his
forehand to the backhand to even the shootout.
After Josi missed, Tarasenko froze Hutton with a leg kick and sent a wrister
over the netminder's shoulder for the win.
St. Louis scored the game's first goal on a power play in the first period.
After Shea Weber went off for high sticking, Chris Stewart fed a backhand pass
from behind the net to Schwartz, who skated up through the slot to beat Hutton
halfway through the frame.
St. Louis went up 2-0 after Backes deflected Jay Bouwmeester's shot in front
of the net 3:31 into the second.
"I thought it was a great point for us," Predators coach Barry Trotz said.
"You're down to the St. Louis Blues 2-0 and it's a real hard rink to come
into. They come at you hard. I thought as game went on, we got better and
Gaustad sent a St. Louis turnover in the slot under the arm of Elliott to get
the Predators within one at the 16:48 mark of the second.
Fisher knotted the game at 2-2 after he entered the St. Louis zone on the
right side and sent a sharp-angle shot on net. The puck bounced off the right
pad of Elliott and into the back of the net 3:25 into the third.
The Predators took the lead at 7:33 of the final frame. Craig Smith entered
the offensive zone and passed to David Legwand, with Josi jumping up on the
play and receiving the disc from Legwand before wristing a shot past Elliott.
Nashville's lead lasted only 16 seconds. Tarasenko notched his 18th of the
season after he drove to the slot and fired a laser past Hutton to tie the
game at 3-3.
St. Louis is now 6-2 in shootouts this season, while Nashville is 1-7 ... The
Blues are 31-1-3 when scoring first ... Nashville has dropped eight of their
last nine against the Blues ... Prior to the game, the Blues placed forward
Vladimir Sobotka on injured reserve with a lower-body injury ... Legwand
extended his point streak to four games.
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