|STL||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|NSH||2||2||2||(0 - 0)||6|
Nashville took charge of the game with three goals in a 5:46 span late in the second period and early in the third period. With the score tied 2-2, Radulov and Gelinas scored goals 3:10 apart late in the middle frame. Radulov added his second of the night 1:58 into the third period.
|Highlights: Predators 6, Blues 3
Post-game Player Comments
Head Coach Barry Trotz's Post-game Press Conf.
Marek Zidlicky made a key hold on first Radulov’s goal. J.P. Dumont’s wrist shot was saved and his rebound attempt was blocked, however Zidlicky held in the Blues clearing attempt and handed the puck to Radulov. Radulov danced down the center slot, deked around a pair of St. Louis defenders, and flipped a backhand inside the near post for his 14th goal of the season.
Jerred Smithson and Greg de Vries were the heroes of the next Nashville score. With the Predators shorthanded, the Blues held possession of the puck inside the offensive zone nearly the entire power-play, preventing the Predators from changing penalty killers. Dan Hamhuis broke his stick, putting the Preds at a further disadvantage. Smithson handed his stick over Hamhuis and played the remainder of the shift without stick, but still managed to block one shot, break-up a potentially dangerous centering pass attempt, and record a hit on Paul Kariya. Eventually the Predators were able to clear the puck and scored on the ensuing possession when de Vries held St. Louis’s clearing attempt at the point. De Vries immediately shot the puck on net and Gelinas redirected it past St. Louis netminder Manny Legace.
Radulov scored his second goal of the night early in the third period to push the Predators lead to 5-2. Jason Arnott and JP Dumont worked the puck in the corner while Radulov set up in front of the net. Dumont fed the puck to Radulov and Radulov hit his spot with a perfect shot over Legace’s stick-side shoulder just under the crossbar and inside the post. With the assist Dumont extended his franchise record scoring streak to 12 games, the second longest active streak in the NHL.
The Blues answered Radulov’s tally just 0:59 later on Keith Tkachuk’s 13th goal of the campaign. Gelinas added an empty netter with 12.6 remaining to create the final tally.
The Blues opened the scoring 3:56 into the game. Andy McDonald created the play curling with the puck deep in the corner to the right of Chris Mason. McDonald fired a pass across the goal crease to Brad Boyes at the far post for the tap in goal. It was the 26th goal of the season for Boyes, sixth against the Predators.
Nashville tied the game 1:41 late on Shea Weber’s second score of the season. Radulov created the play when he came off the right wing boards and curled over the face-off dot toward the middle of the ice. Radulov squared to the goal and then slid a pass with the outside edge of his stick to Weber at the top of the left wing circle for a quick blast.
Scott Nichol gave the Preds a 2-1 lead at the 9:32 mark of the opening frame off of a two-on-one rush. Nichol came down the left wing with Ryan Suter flying down the right side. Nichol held the Blues defender with a hesitation move and then snapped a wrist shot under Legace’s glove hand. It was Nichol’s fifth goal of the season and third in the home-and-home set against the Blues.
After killing a carry-over penalty at the end of the first period and start of the second, Nashville nearly converted a power-play of its own early in the second frame when Arnott rang a shot off the inside of the crossbar.
The Blues ended up tying the score 7:38 into the middle period with an odd-man rush of their own. Off a counter-attack all three Blues forwards came rushing through the neutral zone. Jamal Mayers ended up with the puck on his stick at the top of the right wing face-off circle and fired a low hard shot. Mason made the initial save, but Dan Hinote, skating down the opposite wing backhanded home the rebound for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Post-Game Notes: Forward Josh Langfeld is expected to join the team in Colorado as an emergency precaution ... The Predators special teams units have been +6 over the past seven games, scoring 6 power-play goals and 2 shorthanded goals and surrendering just 2 power-play goals against ... The Predators PK unit has killed off 23 of the 25 shorthanded opportunities against over the past seven games (92.0%) ... Nichol has 3 goals in the past two games after scoring 2 goals in his first 37 games this season. Nichol now has 6 points in 10 games this month after scoring 3 points in his first 29 games … Radulov’s 3 point game tied his season high set Nov. 15 against Chicago … Dumont’s 12-game scoring streak is tied for the 6th longest in the NHL this season. Sidney Crosby has the longest streak this season, 19 games from Oct. 6 – Nov. 17.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the grinders getting rewarded the past couple of games… “A lot of times you’d say your key players are your grinders, whatever name you would like to give them, they get overlooked in the whole process of winning. It’s good when they are able to contribute and are rewarded with their performance a lot of times.”
On the penalty kill… “There were a couple of twists and turns when that quick whistle was blown against St. Louis in the second period when they thought they scored their second goal. Another time was when Smithson’s’ stick was broken and was out there for a minute and a half and they did everything they could to keep the puck out and get it out and prevent them from scoring. To me, that was a huge moment swing in our favor and right at the end of the period that shift helped to show what our team is capable of doing. It epitomizes our team this year and they were resilient and never gave up and if you could box what I think of this team that its how our team played tonight.”On recent injuries… “Jason Arnott went down and got twisted around and we lost Leggy (Legwand) after his first shift. We were making up lines and have to start the game with seven defenseman and 11 forwards and about two minutes into the game we were already down. Our guys had a lot of mental toughness and were given a situation where they had a character test but our guys did a great job of filling in the empty spots.”
Forward Alexander Radulov
On the game… “It's a big game for us. The team played well and everybody showed their effort."
On showing his skills tonight... "I doesn't go your way every night. You just have to keep working for your goals, but it's all about the team getting the win."
Defenseman Shea Weber
On the weekend sweep of St. Louis… “It's only two games. There's a lot of season left. We're still out of the playoff picture, so we have to keep rolling and playing well."
On the play of Alexander Radulov... "Oh yeah, we've known that all along. He's got enought talent and enough skill, so we know what to expect and he'd goingto bring it whenever he can."
Forward Scott Nichol
On the weekend sweep of St. Louis… “I don't think the score dictated how hard those games were. Even in St. Louis they were hitting us to the end and trying to send a message. It was a hard-fought two games, but we feel like we're finding our identity as a team and figuring out how to be successful."
On building confidence... "I think it's building from our goaltender out. Mason's been playing really well. Our special teams -- our power-play is clicking, our penalty kill is right up there in the tops of the league. When you have good goaltending and good special teams, you're going to win hockey games."
|Brad Boyes Tip-in - ASST: Andy McDonald|
1 - 0 STL
|PPG - Shea Weber Slapshot - ASST: Alexander Radulov , Ryan Suter|
1 - 1 Tie
|Scott Nichol Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Gelinas , Martin Erat|
2 - 1 NSH
|Dan Hinote Backhand shot - ASST: Jamal Mayers|
2 - 2 Tie
|Alexander Radulov Backhand shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky|
3 - 2 NSH
|Martin Gelinas Tip-in - ASST: Greg De Vries|
4 - 2 NSH
|Alexander Radulov Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont , Jason Arnott|
5 - 2 NSH
|Keith Tkachuk Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes , Barret Jackman|
5 - 3 NSH
|EN - Martin Gelinas Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Erat|
6 - 3 NSH
|Paul Kariya Cross checking against Greg De Vries|
|Jay McClement Hooking against J-P Dumont|
|Marek Zidlicky Slashing against Lee Stempniak|
|Andy McDonald Holding against Dan Hamhuis|
|J-P Dumont Tripping against Mike Glumac|
|Scott Nichol Holding the stick against David Backes|
|Eric Brewer Slashing against J-P Dumont|
|SA: 26||TOI: 58:42|
|Saves: 21||EV: 18 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .808||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 34||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 31||EV: 26 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .912||SH: 0 - 0|