Preds beat Blues 2-1, win streak snapped at 7 games
St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott gathers the loose puck away from Nashville Predators Taylor Beck in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 8, 2014. Nashville won the game 2-1. UPI/Bil Greenblatt By Bil Greenblatt
By Ashley Jones
St. Louis Blues Kevin Shattenkirk passes the puck in the third period against the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 8, 2014. Nashville won the game 2-1. UPI/Bil Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliot stands for the National Anthem before a game against the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 8, 2014. UPI/Bil Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko (R) of Russia congratulates Jori Lehtera of Finland after scoring a goal in the first period against the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 8, 2014. UPI/Bil Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(HockeyStL) -- Nashville got the go ahead goal with six minutes left in the third period on a wrist shot from James Neal.
The goal came on the Preds 33rd shot of the game as Neal's goal was assisted by Philip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro.
The Blues tried to mount a comeback in the final six minutes of play. Brian Elliott had a hard time getting off the ice as the Note couldn't retain puck possession. He did not leave the ice for the extra attacker until less than a minute remained in the game. Even after a time-out with less than thirty seconds left, the Blues were unable to come out with a shot as they fell to the Preds 2-1.
Preds tie game on sloppy Blues play in 2nd
The Nashville Predators got on the board midway through the second period when youngster Philip Forsberg was left almost all alone in front of the Blues net.
As the Preds marched down the ice, Jay Bouwmeester was left alone with two opposing players in front of the net. Forsberg received a pass from Roman Josi to the left of Brian Elliott who had no chance to stop the puck as the Preds tied the game.
Tarasenko sets up Lehtera for the first goal
The tandem of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera worked magic once against to give the Blues the first lead of the game Saturday night against the Nashville Predators.
With first place on the line, it took fifteen minutes before either team scored. As time dwindled down, Tarasenko danced into the zone with the puck on his stick and he swerved through the Preds defense. The puck glanced off Jaden Schwartz and right onto Lehtera's stick as he back-handed the puck past Pekka Rinne for his third goal of the season.
Schwartz and Tarasenko were credited for the assists, but most of the work was done by Tarasenko who has a five-game point streak.
Moments after the goal, Rinne made a big stop on David Backes. While at the other end of the ice, Brian Elliott stopped a great point blank chance from Olli Jokinen to keep the Blues in the lead.
The period also saw 23 total shots, the Blues with 12 and the Preds with 11.