St. Louis
Blues
21-46-15
Nashville
Predators
49-25-8

30 SOG
41 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
STL
NSH
game recap

Predators 4, Blues 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:20 AM

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When the Nashville Predators need timely scoring, they usually don't look for Scott Nichol. However, he's been coming through lately.

Nichol scored the first two goals in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, including an unassisted short-handed goal on a breakaway. On Saturday night against the Calgary Flames, he had the game-winner in a 9-4 rout.

"We have needed big goals in our last couple of games, and he has gotten them for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "He plays with a lot of energy. He is a feisty type of guy. You need all kinds of players to be successful as a team. He is part of a good mix."

Hampered by injuries for much of the season, Nichol's three goals, his only scores of the season, are evidence he is back on track.

"I think Scott has caught up with the train," Trotz said. "When you miss a lot of games due to injuries, it forces you to catch up. He is a little old school. He has a good work ethic. He is all about the team."

Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen each added power-play goals as Nashville completed a perfect four-game homestand.

The second period was the key for the Predators. Nichol beat St. Louis goalie Patrick Lalime to his stick side with a high wrist shot at 4:08 for a short-handed goal.

Kariya scored less than 2 minutes later on the power play. Steve Sullivan saw Kariya skating towards the net from the right side and passed the puck to him from the left circle. Kariya tapped in the shot to Lalime's left side.

Timonen scored at the 14:14 mark of the second period, shooting a wrist shot that went high above Lalime's outstretched glove to make it 4-0.

St. Louis got on the board with 4 seconds left in the second as Scott Young connected from the top of the slot, ending a flurry of shots against Nashville goalie Chris Mason.

Jay McClement capped the scoring with 21 seconds left in the game.

"We were in it," St. Louis coach Mike Kitchen said. "Nashville's power play is dangerous. They move the puck around so well, and they have so many different looks. They're looking to move the puck through the seams all the time from side-to-side. It's keeps you on your toes."

Mason, making his first start of the season at home, stopped 28 shots. He had not played since March 1 at Chicago, a loss.

"Chris did a real good job of preparing himself," Trotz said. "That is a tribute to his work ethic. It is very difficult to not play for such a long time and then come in and be as sharp as he was. Things don't happen in practice the same way they happen in games. It was really important for our guys to play well in front of him."

Notes: Kariya has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his last 12 games. ... Kariya's assist on Nichol's goal set a new franchise record for a season with 44, eclipsing the old mark set by Cliff Ronning in the 2000-01 season. Kariya's 69 points also set a new team high for points in a season, beating Scott Walker's 67 during the 2003-2004 season... Mason's last win was Jan. 8 at Chicago.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:50
NSH
Scott Nichol (2) Tip-in - ASST: Paul Kariya (44), Scott Hartnell (21)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
04:08
NSH
SHG - Scott Nichol (3) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 NSH
05:40
NSH
PPG - Paul Kariya (25) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Sullivan (34), Marek Zidlicky (34)
3 - 0 NSH
14:14
NSH
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (10) Snap shot - ASST: Martin Erat (24)
4 - 0 NSH
19:56
STL
Scott Young (16) Slapshot - ASST: Dennis Wideman (15), Keith Tkachuk (18)
4 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
19:39
STL
Jay McClement (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Trent Whitfield (1)
4 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
04:10
STL
Dennis Wideman  Holding against  Steve Sullivan
06:37
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
06:37
STL
Barret Jackman  Instigator against  Darcy Hordichuk
06:37
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
06:37
STL
Barret Jackman  Misconduct (10 min) against  Darcy Hordichuk
16:56
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding
19:45
NSH
Paul Kariya  Tripping against  Dallas Drake
2nd Period
02:57
NSH
Shea Weber  Roughing against  Dallas Drake
05:25
STL
Dallas Drake  Charging against  Dan Hamhuis
13:09
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Slashing against  Martin Erat
17:56
NSH
Brendan Witt  Holding against  Dallas Drake
3rd Period
07:34
STL
Dallas Drake  Interference against  David Legwand
11:48
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Tripping
12:50
STL
Jay McClement  Holding against  Steve Sullivan
17:32
STL
Dennis Wideman  Holding against  David Legwand
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
SA: 41TOI: 59:57
Saves: 37EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .902SH: 3 - 4
Chris Mason
SA: 30TOI: 59:55
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2

 
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