Blues 3, Predators 0By Rob Rains, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Jan 24, 2013 10:50 PM EST
ST. LOUIS -- Jaroslav Halak earned his second shutout of the young season for the St. Louis Blues Thursday night -- and he didn't have to work very hard to get it. The St. Louis defense limited Nashville to only 13 shots on goal and Patrik Berglund scored on a penalty shot and assisted on a power-play goal by T.J. Oshie to lead the Blues to a 3-0 victory over the Predators. Halak, who shut out the Detroit Red Wings in the season opener on Saturday night, having to stop only 14 shots on goal in that game, earned the 15th shutout of his Blues career, only one away from tying Glenn Hall's franchise record of 16 shutouts. Halak had to stop only three Nashville shots in the first period -- the Predators went more than 16 minutes between shots -- and four in the second period while his teammates fired 20 shots at Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in the opening two periods. T.J. Oshie gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 12:59 of the first period, scoring on a power-play goal while Nashville's Mike Fisher was serving a minor hooking penalty. It was the Blues' seventh power-play goal in 11 tries in their first four games this season. It was Fisher who tripped Berglund as he was breaking toward the net in the second period, resulting in the penalty shot which increased the St. Louis lead to 2-0. Berglund also scored a penalty shot exactly a year ago, on Jan. 24, 2012, in the Blues game against Pittsburgh. Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko made the score 3-0 when he scored his fourth goal of the year, in as many games, 9:04 into the final period. NOTES: Thursday night's game was the second of a seven-game road trip for the Predators which will keep them away from Nashville until Feb. 7. The final game of the trip will actually be back in St. Louis on Feb. 5. ... Defenseman Wade Redden, signed by the Blues as a free agent last Friday, played in his 994th career NHL game but his first since he played for the Rangers on April 11, 2010. ... Redden replaced Jeff Woywitka on the Blues roster. Woywitka cleared waivers and was assigned to Peoria of the AHL. ... The Blues entered the game with six power-play goals in their first three games of the season, the most in the NHL.
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