Blues fall 3-2 against Nashville in Elliott's return - KMOV.com

Blues fall 3-2 against Nashville in Elliott's return

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shea Weber scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Gabriel Bourque added a goal for Nashville, which has won two of three.

Chris Butler and T.J. Oshie scored for St. Louis, but the Blues lost for the fifth time in six games despite the return of No. 1 goalie Brian Elliott.

Elliott was activated from the injured list earlier Tuesday after he missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury. He made 44 saves.

Midway through the third period, while the Blues were on a power play, Roman Josi carried the puck down the left side on a 2-on-1 rush with Weber.

Inside the blue line, Josi found Weber, who fired a high shot past Elliott for a short-handed goal that gave the Predators a 3-2 lead. It was the Predators' first short-handed goal this season.

Weber also gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with 1:55 left in the first period.

With the puck in the left corner, Bourque took it away from Butler and found Olli Jokinen behind the Blues net. Jokinen skated to the right side and hit Weber with a pass as he came down from the right point unchecked and beat Elliott with a one-timer.

The goal was Weber's seventh of the season, but first since Nov. 20 — a span of 16 games.

Butler tied the game at 1 just 50 seconds into the second period.

David Backes won an offensive zone faceoff back to Butler at the right point, where his slap shot through traffic deflected off Weber's shin pad and beat goalie Pekka Rinne on the short side.

Oshie gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 14:39 of the second on a nice give-and-go play that concluded with Oshie being alone on the left side from where he scored his sixth goal.

Bourque tied it at 16:06 of the second.

Paul Gaustad won a faceoff back to Jokinen above the right circle. Elliott stopped his shot, but Bourque skated hard to the net, kicked the puck onto his stick, and beat Elliott for his second of the season.

The goal was scored just three seconds after Nashville rookie Filip Forsberg thought he tied the game on a shot from the left side. The goal was disallowed, and a video replay was inconclusive.

Rinne finished with 25 saves.

NOTES: Oshie played in his 400th NHL game. ... Nashville D Anton Volchenkov returned after missing five games due to a lower-body injury. ... Jokinen's assists were his first two of the season. ... The Predators haven't lost consecutive games this season.

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