After winning their last two home games, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Nashville Predators before heading on a two-game road trip.
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With Alexander Steen out day-to-day, forward Ty Rattie was brought up from the Chicago Wolves to play alongside Patrik Berglund and Dmitrij Jaskin. Nail Yakupov was scratched after playing just over 8 minutes against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Ryan Reaves had more ice-time than him in that game.
Robert Bortuzzo returned to the lineup after missing 10 games. He replaced Petteri Lindbohm and was paired with Colton Parayko.
After twenty minutes of play, the Predators outshot the Blues 14-to-13. David Perron was called for tripping, and Ryan Reaves drew a cross-checking penalty. Neither team could capitalize in the first period.
In the second, Jaden Schwartz found Jay Bouwmeester open at the point. Jay took a slapshot and David Perron backhanded the rebound past Pekka Rinne to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. Perron’s sixth of the season came 3:09 into the period.
During a Jaden Schwartz penalty, P.K. Subban took a slapshot toward a crowded Blues’ net. Craig Smith’s rebound trickled past Jake Allen, then Mike Ribeiro knocked it in to tie the game before heading into the third period.
P.K. Subban lost the puck after trying to stick-handle around the Blues in the their defensive zone. Scottie Upshall and Kyle Brodziak found themselves on a 2-on-1 heading the other way. Upshall sent a shot to Rinne’s right pad, leaving a juicy rebound for Brodziak to bury. The Blues led the Predators 2-1 with just over 12 minutes left in regulation.
“We work on that shot a lot,” said Upshall. “I got Pekka on it last year, actually, so I knew he knew it was coming. It was just a great play by Kyle to go far pad/post.”
About five minutes later, Robby Fabbri entered the zone with numbers. He slowed the play down and found Tarasenko drifting into the high-slot. Tarasenko sunk his seventh of the season to extend the Blues’ lead to 3-1.
The Blues held onto that lead to win their third in-a-row.
Jake Allen made 30 saves on 31 shots.
“We had a good week, but we still have a long way to come from where where we were last weekend,” said Allen. “We’re getting better every game. Next week is going to be toughest test of our season so far, so we’re going to see what we’re made of.”
“We’re going to play some tough teams again in Boston and Washington,” explained Perron. “We just got to turn the page.”
With the win, the St. Louis Blues improved their record to 10-6-3 (23 points). They’ll meet David Backes and the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.