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St. Louis, MO – The Nashville Predators came out hard and fast putting up 3 goals in the first period against the St. Louis Blues. Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne makes key saves down the line to keep the Blues in check which helped the Predators to a 6-1 win at the Scottrade Center.
Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, Colin Wilson had three assists and Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots for the Predators.Ryan Ellis got things going for the Predators during a power play in the 1st period. Ellis slipped around to the backside of the goal sending wrist shot in that bounced off the stick of Blues goaltender Brian Elliot and in for the score at 2:10.
Colin Wilson brings the puck down, makes a pass in which gets defected back. Wilson followed his pass, gets the puck, takes the shot which Elliot blocks. The puck pops out in front of the net. A mad scramble around Elliot occurs then Richard Clune tips it in at 15:53 in the 1st. It was Clune’s first NHL goal.
The Predators’ third goal in the 1st occurred when Nick Spaling hit a wrist shot up and over Elliot who was down on his stomach. The goal occurred at 19:13.
Kevin Klein got Nashville their fourth goal with a slap shot at 9:09 in the second period. St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock then pull goaltender Brian Elliot and replaced him with Jake Allen. This was Allen’s first NHL appearance.
Nashville wasted no time welcoming Allen to the ice. Colin Wilson used his reach to intercept a pass and take it the distance. He takes a shot on goal when bounces off the post and lands in the crease. Gabriel Bourque is there for the tip in at 10:09 in the second. Allen is scored on on this first shot of the night.
David Legwand is called for diving giving the Blues a power play. T.J. Oshie sends the puck over to Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo backhand’s the puck up and over the stick side of Pekka Rinne to give the Blues their first and only goal at 13:09 in the 2nd.
Nashville scores one more time, when Martin Erat heads to the goal while Ryan Ellis sends a shot on goal. The puck bounces out, hits Erat who then slaps it in for the score at 16:34 in the 3rd.
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made 10 saves during Blues power plays. Rinne is now 3-2-3 for the season.
The Blues’ put 32 shots on goal compared to just 19 by the Predators. This is the 3rd time this season that the Predators have allowed 30 or more shots on goal.
The Nashville Predators return home to Bridgestone arena after a seven game road trip to face the Los Angeles Kings Thursday, February 7th, 2013. The puck hits the ice at 7:00pm.
Predators 6 – 1 Blues
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Shots on Goal
TopicsAlex Pietrangelo, Brian Elliot, Bridgestone Arean, Colin Wilson, David Legwand, Gabriel Bourque, Jake Allen, Ken Hitchcock, Kevin Klein, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Erat, Nashville Predators, National Hockey League, NHL, Nick Spaling, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Richard Clune, Ryan Ellis, Scottrade Center, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis MO, T.J. Oshie
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