The Fangover: Predators 3, Blues 4 (SO)

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.

Postgame Thoughts

– 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.

Scoring Summary

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) 512243042 1920222591
2 2 3:31 EV STL 42 D.BACKES(19) 19 J.BOUWMEESTER(27) 12 D.ROY(25) 3611283059 11219274256
3 2 16:48 EV NSH 28 P.GAUSTAD(8) unassisted   61628305984 11019284075
4 3 3:25 EV NSH 12 M.FISHER(15) 27 P.HORNQVIST(19)   61224273059 11920252742
5 3 7:33 EV NSH 59 R.JOSI(8) 11 D.LEGWAND(29) 15 C.SMITH(18) 61115305759 1521225674
6 3 7:49 EV STL 91 V.TARASENKO(18) 27 A.PIETRANGELO(32)   3512242730 1912192791
7 SO     STL 91 V.TARASENKO      

Shootout Results

# Team Pos Shooter Goaltender Result Shot Type Score(V-H)
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 M
Wide of Net
Backhand 1-1
7 STL R 91 V.TARASENKO 30 C.HUTTON G Wrist 1-2
8 NSH D 42 M.EKHOLM 1 B.ELLIOTT M
Wide of Net
Tip-In 1-2

Goaltending Stats

NASHVILLE PREDATORS TOI GOALS-SHOTS AGAINST
EV PP SH TOT 1 2 3 OT TOT
30 G HUTTON, CARTER 57:51 02:00 05:09 65:00 1-14 1-8 1-9 0-3 3-34
40 G DUBNYK, DEVAN                  
TEAM TOTALS  57:51 02:00 05:09 65:00 1-14 1-8 1-9 0-3 3-34
 
ST. LOUIS BLUES TOI GOALS-SHOTS AGAINST
EV PP SH TOT 1 2 3 OT TOT
1 G ELLIOTT, BRIAN 57:37 05:06 02:00 64:43 0-8 1-7 2-13 0-3 3-31
41 G HALAK, JAROSLAV                  
  EMPTY NET 00:14 00:03 00:00 00:17          
TEAM TOTALS  57:51 05:09 02:00 65:00 0-8 1-7 2-13 0-3 3-31

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

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – STL

Faceoffs Report

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