Blues 4, Predators 3
Updated On: Feb 01 2014 10:05:09 PM CST
ST. LOUIS - Right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win Saturday night over the Nashville Predators.
Goalie Brian Elliott stopped a shot by defenseman Mattias Ekholm after Tarasenko's goal to raise the Blues' record in shootouts this season to 6-2. Nashville has won only one of eight games decided in a shootout.
Blues' right wing T.J. Oshie and the Predators' defenseman Ryan Ellis had scored in the first three rounds of the shootout.
Nashville had taken a 3-2 lead at 7:33 of the third period on a goal by defenseman Roman Josi, following a turnover by Blues defenseman Barret Jackman, but the lead only lasted for 16 seconds before Tarasenko tied it at 3-3 with his 19th goal of the year.
The Predators had come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 3:25 into the final period on center Mike Fisher's 12th goal of the year. His shot from a bad angle in the corner still managed to get past Elliott.
Playing his first game since he was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals against New Jersey on Jan. 21, Elliott allowed an unassisted goal by center Paul Gaustad at 16:48 of the second period after the Blues had built a 2-0 lead. Gaustad took advantage of a turnover in front of the net by St. Louis defenseman Ian Cole.
Left wing Jaden Schwartz put the Blues in front at 9:11 of the first period with a power-play goal, taking a pass from right wing Chris Stewart from behind the net and firing the puck past goalie Carter Hutton. The goal, Schwartz's 17th of the season, came while defenseman Shea Weber was serving a minor penalty for high-sticking center Maxim Lapierre.
Center David Backes increased the lead to 2-0 at 3:31 of the second period with his 19th goal of the year. He deflected a shot by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester just seven seconds after a Blues power-play had expired.
The goal, Backes' second in two nights, was the 151st of his St. Louis and NHL career, tying him with Joey Mullen for 11th place on the Blues' all-time list.
NOTES: The Blues placed C Vladimir Sobotka on injured reserve on Saturday. He is expected to miss at least four weeks because of an injury to his left leg sustained in the final minutes of Friday night's loss at Carolina. The injury will keep Sobotka out of the Olympics, where he was to play for the Czech Republic. ... Nashville recalled C Simon Moser from Milwaukee of the AHL on Saturday and the 24-year-old was in the lineup against the Blues, making his NHL debut and becoming the ninth rookie to play for the Predators this season. ... C David Backes played in his 543rd game for the Blues, tying Keith Tkachuk for 12th place on the team's all-time list for games played. ... The Blues will host Ottawa on Tuesday night while Nashville is off until Thursday, when the Predators will play at Minnesota.
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