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Predators 3, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Blues 1
Nashville Predators 3, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jordin Tootoo never saw his winning goal go in. His Nashville teammates' reaction told the story.

Tootoo scored on a wrist shot with 3:43 left to give the Predators a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Tootoo beat Chris Mason from just outside the faceoff circle for his first goal of the season.

Tootoo, who missed the first 13 games of the season because of a quadriceps injury, picked up a loose puck and flipped it toward the net just a split second before being flattened by St. Louis center T.J. Oshie. The shot slipped by Mason, who appeared screened by Martin Erat on the play.

"I was on the ice and I just looked at my teammates and they were the ones that were cheering," Tootoo said. "It felt good. My main focus was to keep the puck low, I knew I was going to get hit."

Mason took responsibility.

"I moved my stick over," he said. "Regardless that's a (save) I've got to make."

Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville, and David Legwand added an empty-netter.

Pekka Starting to Heat Up
Preds netminder Pekka Rinne stopped 21-of-22 shots tonight to pick up his fifth win of the season – turning aside the final 21 shots fired in his direction.

After opening the '09-10 season 0-3, Rinne has won five of his last six decisions. The big Finnish netminder has held opponents to two-or-fewer goals in three of his last four starts for a 1.76 goals against average and .933 save percentage. He was named one the NHL's “Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending November 1.

Rinne's play in net last season was a key to the Preds late season playoff push when posted a team-record seven shutouts (fourth in the NHL) and ranked among the league leaders in goals against average (2.38) and save percentage (.917).
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com

Rinne shut the door after giving up a goal to Brad Boyes just 2:03 into the game. Boyes tipped in a pass from Erik Johnson to get the Blues started.

"It's always a tough way to start," Rinne said. "But we responded well. Personally, I think it was one of our better games.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz agreed.

"We stayed persistent for 60 minutes and it paid off," Trotz said. "It was a good effort especially on the road."

Hornqvist tied it at 1 with his fifth goal of the season in the second period. He picked up a loose puck and slipped it past Mason from close range.

Nashville had 31 shots on Mason through the first two periods but managed to break through just once against their former teammate. Mason, who spent six years in Nashville, had not lost to the Predators in the four previous meetings since leaving.

The Blues were looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since the opening weekend of the season when they swept a two-game set from Detroit in Sweden. St. Louis beat Vancouver 6-1 on Tuesday night.

"To play well one night and not the next night, it's something that's got to stop," Boyes said. "Our work ethic has got to be a lot better."

St. Louis coach Andy Murray was extremely disappointed in his team's effort.

"I've had a lot of losses as a coach," he said. "That ranks right up there because of the way we played."

St. Louis winger David Backes was given a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding Jean-Pierre Dumont late in the second period.

NOTES: The Blues has 22 shots on goal, ending their streak of al least 30 at six games. ... Nashville won 14 straight games against St. Louis from Oct. 15, 2005, to Jan. 27, 2007. ... St. Louis winger Paul Kariya is scoreless in his last nine games. ... The Blues have killed off 14 consecutive power-play attempts. ... The Predators improved to 5-5-1 on the road this season. ... The Predators will begin a five-game homestand Saturday against Montreal.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:03
STL
Brad Boyes (4) ASST: Erik Johnson (11), Andy McDonald (6)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
13:50
NSH
Patric Hornqvist (5) ASST: Joel Ward (4)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
16:17
NSH
Jordin Tootoo (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 NSH
19:53
NSH
EN - David Legwand (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
05:19
NSH
Andreas Thuresson  Hi-sticking against  Lars Eller
12:06
STL
Darryl Sydor  Holding against  Jordin Tootoo
15:32
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Interference against  Patrik Berglund
2nd Period
01:43
STL
Cam Janssen  Hooking against  Dan Hamhuis
19:07
NSH
Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  David Backes
19:07
STL
David Backes  Game misconduct
19:07
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Francis Bouillon
19:07
STL
David Backes  Boarding (maj) against  J-P Dumont
20:00
NSH
Ryan Suter  Boarding against  Paul Kariya
3rd Period
06:12
NSH
Joel Ward  Tripping against  Erik Johnson
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 22TOI: 59:54
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
SA: 36TOI: 59:24
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1

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