Blues 4, Predators 3 (SO)

Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This wasn't the way Nashville wanted to start the season.
The Predators are headed for a seven-game, 15-day road trip with two straight home shootout losses after St. Louis' come-from-behind 4-3 victory Monday in Bridgestone Arena.
Coming off a 6-0 blanking of Detroit in their season opener Saturday night, the Blues (2-0) trailed 3-2 after two periods. But they tied the score with just over seven minutes left and then prevailed in the shootout, getting goals from T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen while Brian Elliott stopped both Nashville shooters.
The defensive-minded teams each scored twice in a wide-open first period, started by Colin Wilson's wrist shot over the stick side of St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak at 9:10.
The Blues needed just 78 seconds to respond as rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, who potted two goals Saturday night, snapped a slot shot off the pad of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. Tarasenko then assisted on Andy McDonald's power play tally at 15:04.
Mike Fisher drew the Predators even at 2 when he turned Martin Erat's beautiful saucer pass into a power-play goal at 17:13.
After appearing to be under siege at times during the first period, when it was outshot 14-6, Nashville kept St. Louis' scoring chances to a minimum in the second period and rewarded itself at the 12:53 mark with its second man-up goal.
With Kevin Shattenkirk in the box for interference, Erat fed Patric Hornqvist on the doorstep and he backhanded the puck past Halak for the Preds' third goal on only 11 shots. At that point, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock replaced Halak with Elliott.
St. Louis began putting more pressure on Nashville's defense about halfway through the third period and scored the tying goal at 12:10 when Alex Pietrangelo's wrister from a sharp angle on the right side dented the net's top.
NOTES: St. Louis' six goals against Detroit represented the most it has scored in a season opener since an 8-3 blowout over Chicago on Oct. 5, 1989. It was also the Blues' first shutout in a season opener. ... This is the first of three meetings in a 16-day span between Nashville and St. Louis. The teams will play again Thursday night in St. Louis and again Feb. 5, also in St. Louis. ... The sellout crowd of 17,113 was the 15th straight for the Predators, dating to the final eight regular-season games of last year. ... Nashville began last year as the NHL's third-youngest team, averaging 26 years, 5 months. Its average age this season is 28 years, 7 months, putting it in the middle of the league.

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