St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves, right, fights with Nashville Predators' Zack Stortini (21) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce) By Bill Boyce
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- David Legwand had two goals and two assists as the Nashville Predators ended a lengthy scoring slump against Jaroslav Halak with a 4-2 victory that spoiled the St. Louis Blues' opener Saturday night.
Kevin Klein got the go-ahead goal at 13:14 of the third, less than a minute after Jason Arnott tied it only four seconds into a tripping penalty call on Cal O'Reilly. Legwand added an empty-netter.
Pekka Rinne was strong in net and Craig Smith had a goal and two assists for the Predators, starting the season strong with a pair of road victories on consecutive nights coming off their first appearance in the Western Conference semifinals.
They won despite getting outshot 33-16, scoring three times on just five shots in the third.