St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Sarah Conard) By Sarah Conard
St. Louis Blues' David Backes, left, and Nashville Predators' Jordin Tootoo, right, fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Sarah Conard) By Sarah Conard
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Erat scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.
Erat sent a shot high over the glove hand of Jaroslav Halak and Pekka Rinne kept the Blues scoreless on all five attempts to win for the second game in a row in a shootout.
Matt Halischuk scored for the Predators. Rinne stopped 35 shots.
The Blues got a goal from T.J. Oshie. Halak stopped 33 shots.
A giveaway by the Blues allowed Halischuk to get his eighth of the season when he poked a loose puck in the crease past Halak just 2:16 into the game for a 1-0 Nashville lead.