Legwand lifts Preds to shootout win against Blues
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—David Legwand scored the only shootout goal, Pekka Rinne finished with 39 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Legwand drifted to his right before lifting a backhander over the outstretched glove of St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak, snapping the Blues' four-game winning streak.
Martin Erat scored in regulation for Nashville, and T.J. Oshie had the St. Louis goal.
Both scores came in the third period, and the Predators struck first.
Just as a penalty on Nashville's Sergei Kostitsyn was expiring, St. Louis' Kevin Shattenkirk fell down inside the Nashville zone while holding the puck. Mike Fisher carried it up ice and into the St. Louis zone, where he passed it to Shea Weber on the right side. From the right circle, Weber passed it to Erat on the doorstep of the goal for an easy tap-in for his sixth goal of the season.
The Predators were whistled for too many men on the ice at 15:26, and just 42 seconds later David Backes found Oshie in front for the tying goal.
It was the Blues' sixth power-play opportunity of the game. St. Louis began the day with the league's worst power-play success rate at 10.8 percent.
Nashville did not have any power-play opportunities. In the final seconds of overtime a delayed penalty was set to be called on the Blues, but time expired before they gained possession of the puck.
St. Louis had a prime scoring opportunity with 1:05 left in the second period. Jamie Langenbrunner had the puck on the right post of the Nashville goal, but his shot was kept out by the outstretched stick of Predators defenseman Jack Hillen. Langenbrunner's shot hit the shaft of Hillen's stick, and a brief video review confirmed the call on the ice of no-goal.
NOTES: Former Nashville captain Jason Arnott missed his first game of the season for the Blues due to an illness. ... St. Louis LW David Perron extended his point-scoring streak to three games. ... The Predators have played ten consecutive one-goal games, going 7-3-0.