Despite not earning two points Saturday night, the Nashville Predators will leave St. Louis pleased. The night before, the Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils in overtime at Bridgestone Arena. Afterwards, they had to fly up to St. Louis and face an elite Blues team.
Nashville didn't get going until second period. Jaden Schwartz, on the power play, at 9:11 in the first period and David Backes at 3:31 in the second gave the Blues a two-goal lead.
The fortune changed for the Predators as Blues' defenseman Ian Cole made the dumbest play a defenseman can make — throwing the puck towards the middle of the ice in the defensive zone. Cole did so and Paul Gaustad stole the puck away, snapping the puck past Brian Elliott in the low slot with 3:12 remaining in the second.
Mike Fisher caught Elliott not sealing the post and scored from a ten degree angle in the corner at 3:25 in the third period to tie the game.
At 7:33, Roman Josi put the arms of Blues fans in the air in frustration. Josi trailed the play and scored low blocker side for the go-ahead goal. Legwand, who assisted on the play, is one shy from hitting the 30 mark.
However, the lead was short lived. Very short lived. Sixteen seconds later, Vladimir Tarasenko went bar down to tie the game at three.
There was no remaining time in regulation and overtime, but the pace was something to see. Hockey should always be played like it was displayed at the Scottrade Center.
TJ Oshie and Ryan Ellis were the only ones to score in the first three rounds. Tarasenko won the game in the fourth round and the Blues walked away with a 4-3 shootout victory.
Nashville's next match is Thursday in Minnesota against the Wild.
– Simon Moser made his NHL debut. Moser walked into the arena at 5:15pm with his gear and sticks, trying to rush and get ready for the game. The 6'1" Bern native looked like he fit into Trotz's system. In the 10:21 of time on ice Moser received, he showed his speed and aggressiveness. There is no doubt he will gain favor from the coaching staff.
– Eric Nystrom is slowly becoming my favorite player on this team. HIs board work below the goal line is tremendous. No matter how much he's hacked at, he continues to possess the puck and will likely create a good play.
– I have to shake my head at the shootout selection by Trotz. Who puts three defensemen in the shootout? Not many. Taylor Beck, Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi were the original three shooters, then Mattias Ekholm got the nod in the fourth round. Ellis was the only one score. I'm just baffled at the idea of putting 3 defensemen and 1 forward in the shootout. If you want to put a defenseman in there, put Shea Weber so he can tee it up like he' in the hardest shot contest. Nevertheless, the Preds lose yet another shootout.
|G||Per||Time||Str||Team||Goal Scorer||Assist||Assist||NSH on Ice||STL on Ice|
|1||1||9:11||PP||STL||9 J.SCHWARTZ(17)||25 C.STEWART(11)||91 V.TARASENKO(15)||5, 12, 24, 30, 42||1, 9, 20, 22, 25, 91|
|2||2||3:31||EV||STL||42 D.BACKES(19)||19 J.BOUWMEESTER(27)||12 D.ROY(25)||3, 6, 11, 28, 30, 59||1, 12, 19, 27, 42, 56|
|3||2||16:48||EV||NSH||28 P.GAUSTAD(8)||unassisted||6, 16, 28, 30, 59, 84||1, 10, 19, 28, 40, 75|
|4||3||3:25||EV||NSH||12 M.FISHER(15)||27 P.HORNQVIST(19)||6, 12, 24, 27, 30, 59||1, 19, 20, 25, 27, 42|
|5||3||7:33||EV||NSH||59 R.JOSI(8)||11 D.LEGWAND(29)||15 C.SMITH(18)||6, 11, 15, 30, 57, 59||1, 5, 21, 22, 56, 74|
|6||3||7:49||EV||STL||91 V.TARASENKO(18)||27 A.PIETRANGELO(32)||3, 5, 12, 24, 27, 30||1, 9, 12, 19, 27, 91|
|1||STL||C||74 T.OSHIE||30 C.HUTTON||G||Wrist||0-1|
|2||NSH||L||41 T.BECK||1 B.ELLIOTT||S||Wrist||0-1|
|3||STL||L||20 A.STEEN||30 C.HUTTON||S||Wrist||0-1|
|4||NSH||D||4 R.ELLIS||1 B.ELLIOTT||G||Backhand||1-1|
|5||STL||D||22 K.SHATTENKIRK||30 C.HUTTON||S||Wrist||1-1|
|6||NSH||D||59 R.JOSI||1 B.ELLIOTT||
Wide of Net
|7||STL||R||91 V.TARASENKO||30 C.HUTTON||G||Wrist||1-2|
|8||NSH||D||42 M.EKHOLM||1 B.ELLIOTT||
Wide of Net
|NASHVILLE PREDATORS||TOI||GOALS-SHOTS AGAINST|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||TOI||GOALS-SHOTS AGAINST|
My Three Stars
1. Vladimir Tarasenko: Goal, Assist, Game Winning SO Goal
2. Carter Hutton: 31 saves
3. Eric Nystrom: Assist
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Cullen, Spaling and Bartley
Predators starters: Nystrom, Fisher, Hornqvist, Weber, Josi and Hutton
Blies scratches: Colaiacovo and Leopold
Blues starters: Steen, Stewart, Backes, Jackman, Shattenkirk and Elliott