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Nashville
Predators
51-23-8
St. Louis
Blues
34-35-13
OT
33 SOG
23 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
NSH
STL
game recap

Predators 2, Blues 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 2, Blues 1, OT
Nashville Predators 2, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Given 11 power-play chances, the Nashville Predators finally cashed in.

Kimmo Timonen scored on a slap shot on a 4-on-3 advantage with 1:49 left in overtime for a 2-1 victory over the sagging St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

"We felt if we kept working and skating and doing the right things, they were going to come unglued, and they did," coach Barry Trotz said. "They took way too many penalties, and every penalty was deserved.

"When you give us enough power plays, we'll score eventually."

Lee Stempniak ended a 15-game goal drought with a first-period power-play goal for Blues, who have lost 11 in a row. St. Louis is 0-4 under new coach Andy Murray, although the Blues have earned points in consecutive games against Nashville after losing in a shootout Saturday night.

Timonen's seventh goal came on a slap shot from the high slot that beat goalie Manny Legace. The Predators' 11 power plays tied for the second-most in franchise history.

The Blues were 1-for-3 on the power play, and some players were upset.

"Don't ask me any questions about the refs," Legace said. "I don't want to get in trouble."

But Murray said the Blues lost because "we weren't smart." He said he told players during a TV timeout to back off on big hits and scrums.

"We can complain that the referees should have made some calls the other way and that type of thing," Murray said. "We need to keep the feet moving and stay away from the referees and just play the game and get a win, and we failed to do that."

Dan Hamhuis' second goal of the season tied it for Nashville with 4:19 to go, ending Legace's bid for a shutout on the Predators' 27th shot. Nashville outshot the Blues 13-4 in the third period and 4-0 in overtime.

The Predators have won 11 straight over the Blues, including three one-goal games this season, and four in a row overall. Chris Mason made his 12th straight start and had 22 saves for Nashville.

"Last year we certainly had their number and this year too, we're finding ways to beat them," Hamhuis said. "I wouldn't say this year we've been the better team in all three games."

The Blues have not won since beating Detroit in a shootout on Nov. 24 and have been outscored 40-18 during the slump that cost the previous coach, Mike Kitchen, his job. They've scored the first goal in all four games under Murray and held off the Predators until late largely due to penalty-killing.

The last two games, the Predators are 2-for-19 on the power play. Yet they've come from behind to win each time.

"They're in a really tough stretch right now, that plays with your mind," Trotz said. "We just felt they'll be thinking about hat a little bit."

Legace has started on consecutive nights after missing four games on injured reserve because of a concussion, but was unable to preserve a lead either night. The Blues led 2-0 after the first period on Saturday before losing 3-2.

Stempniak scored on a power play at 14:50 of the first period. He broke in on the left side and beat Mason with a high shot only 25 seconds after Ryan Suter was whistled for hooking.

Notes: Predators F Alexander Radulov did not return after absorbing a big hit at 4:33 of the first. The team said it was an "upper body injury" but might not miss any games. ... Bill Guerin, who assisted on Stempniak's goal, returned after missing Saturday's game with a bruised foot from blocking a shot. He has four goals and three assists in his last eight games. ... The Blues' last shutout was Jan. 23, 2006, against Vancouver.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:50
STL
PPG - Lee Stempniak (9) ASST: Bill Guerin (9), Eric Brewer (7)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
15:41
NSH
Dan Hamhuis (2) ASST: Scott Hartnell (9), Jerred Smithson (2)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
03:11
NSH
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (7) ASST: Paul Kariya (25), Steve Sullivan (21)
2 - 1 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
00:38
STL
Dan Hinote  Charging
02:19
STL
Dallas Drake  Hooking
05:52
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hi-sticking
14:25
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hooking
17:31
STL
Martin Rucinsky  Hooking
19:48
NSH
Martin Erat  Roughing
2nd Period
02:59
STL
Dallas Drake  Hooking
06:27
STL
Petr Cajanek  Cross checking
06:27
NSH
Shea Weber  Holding the stick
14:09
STL
Jamal Mayers  Hooking
16:57
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Interference
19:59
STL
Dallas Drake  Cross checking
3rd Period
00:39
STL
Jay McClement  Slashing
12:29
STL
Jay McKee  Holding
18:53
STL
Radek Dvorak  Holding
OT Period
01:33
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 23TOI: 63:11
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .957SH: 2 - 2
Manny Legace
SA: 33TOI: 63:11
Saves: 31EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0

 
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