Nashville (27-28-4) at St. Louis (25-26-7), 8:30 pm EST
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) — The St. Louis Blues will aim to sweep a
home-and-home series with the Nashville Predators on Saturday
when they host their Central Division rivals.
The Blues have posted a 4-0-1 record against the Predators this
season, including Thursday’s 2-1 overtime victory in Nashville.
All-Star Keith Tkachuk scored with 2:08 remaining in the extra
Andy McDonald also tallied and Chris Mason made 28 saves for St.
Louis, which won for the third time in four contests.
“The game was back and forth,” Mason said. “I thought both
teams played really hard. Another game here goes into overtime,
and we were fortunate enough to get the winner there.
I’m just happy we got the penalty there in overtime, and we
buried it right after.”
Steve Sullivan scored the lone goal and Rinne was brilliant in
stopping 34 shots for the Predators, who have lost three
contests in a row following a two-game winning streak.
Tkachuk secured the win by collecting a loose puck in front of
the net and tapping it past Rinne just two seconds after a
power-play had expired.
“We had the puck and we had possession,” Tkachuk said. “We were
moving it around, and we got a fortunate bounce. (Rookie T.J.)
Oshie made a great play down to McDonald and I was sitting there
by myself. I couldn’t believe it.”
“They had a lot of shots, and there is a lot of room when it is
4-on-3,” Rinne said. “They executed pretty well and made good
plays. They have some good shooters, and they did a good job.”
Nashville is 1-4-2 over its previous seven contests.