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Predators spoil Blues' opener 4-2

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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 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.
 

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