Erat scores, Predators beat Blues 2-1 in shootout -

Erat scores, Predators beat Blues 2-1 in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Martin Erat scored the lone goal of the shootout, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night.

The Predators finished the regular season by winning three of four and reaching 100 points. They have a chance to finish as high as fifth in the Western Conference but will need Chicago to beat Detroit, and Colorado to down Los Angeles on Sunday to avoid falling as far as seventh.

Jason Arnott scored the regulation goal for Nashville, which won the season series with St. Louis 5-1. Pekka Rinne stopped David Perron and Andy McDonald, and Brad Boyes missed in his last chance to continue the shootout.

Steve Sullivan missed the puck on Nashville's first shot. Erat, skating second, beat Ty Conklin's glove for the win.

David Backes scored St. Louis' lone goal.


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