Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 3/27/12

Nashville Predators 0 vs St. Louis Blues 3

The St. Louis Blues finish their season series with the Nashville Predators in complete dominance. The Blues had control for a good amount of the game. Not only the control, but the offense was there tonight by scoring three goals. St. Louis poured a lot of pressure on Pekka Rinne and the Nashville defense. 

The St. Louis Blues' defense was just spectacular tonight. They shut-down just about every offensive attack produced by the Predators. Even though Nashville had 24 shots, maybe a fourth of them were quality shots, and that is being generous!

The St. Louis Blues are one dangerous team. Whichever team that has to play them in the first round, I say good luck. The goaltending is A+ and the offense and defense is an A.

Read more after the jump.

 

No Clinch Tonight

The St. Louis Blues spoiled the Nashville Predators' playoff clinch tonight. Nashville only had to get a single point to clinch a spot, but weren't up to the challenge. I felt like the Predators weren't hungry in this game. They didn't want it as much as the Blues did tonight. 

Even though the Nashville Predators didn't clinch tonight, they have several other chances to clinch. All they need is a win over the Detroit Red Wings, Friday night. Their play better change because tonight can never happen again for the rest of the season. 

Brian Elliot

Brian Elliot had another spectacular game for the St. Louis Blues, tonight. Elliot stopped 24 of 24 Predators' shots in his shutout. Speaking of shutouts, Elliot continues to lead the league in shutouts with nine. He also leads the league in save percentage and goals against average.

The crazy thing about this situation in St. Louis is that Jaroslav Halak is the starter over Brian Elliot. I guess that shows you how good the goaltending in the Blues organization is. Halak didn't get the start tonight because he hasn't been good against the Predators this season. Recently traded by the Blues, Ben Bishop, played in the AHL for the Peoria Rivermen. Bishop now plays in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators. 

The goaltending development in the organization has to be working. It seems like they are almost replicating the Nashville Predators and David Poile.

Season Series

Date Away Home Result 10/8 NSH STL 4-2 NSH 12/17 STL NSH 1-2 NSH 12/30 NSH STL 2-1 NSH 2/4 STL NSH 1-3 NSH 2/23 STL NSH 3-2 STL 3/27 NSH STL 0-3 STL

Line Up Report

Starting Goalies:

Name SH SV Decision SV % TOI #35 Pekka Rinne 21 24 L .875 58:38 #1 Brian Elliot 24 24 W 1.000 59:48

Predators Scratches: #10 W Martin Erat (Upper Body), #22 W Jordin Tootoo (Upper Body), #59 D Roman Josi (Upper Body), #15 C Craig Smith, #23 W Brian McGrattan, #38 D Jack Hillen and #72 W Jack MacLellan

Blues Scratches: #10 C Andy McDonald (Knee), #23 D Ian Cole, #26 W B.J. Crombeen, #32 W Chris Porter and #46 D Roman Polak (Knee)

Period by Period Summary

1st Period 

  • 7:00 in, the Blues received the first Power Play of the game. Alex Radulov went to the box for hooking.
  • 7:50 in, Alex Pietrangelo circled around the Preds PK. Pietrangelo's one-timer from the corner was pulled just a little wide.
  • 9:00 in, Radulov's hooking penalty was killed off. St. Louis had two shots on net, but had a lot of pressure on Rinne.
  • 13:53 in, Alexander Radulov was helping to put on a lot of pressure on St. Louis. Radulov entered the zone and wheeled around defenders to set up a pass in front. He was also picking up rebounds, but no goal.
  • At the end of the first period, there was no score. Nashville out-shot St. Louis 8-6.

2nd Period

  • 1:31 in, Jason Arnott had a breakaway, but Rinne came up big to make the save on the former Pred.
  • 5:20 in, Radulov, Fisher and Andrei Kostitsyn went on a small 3 on 1. Radulov made a pass to Fisher, but Elliot slid over to cover Fisher's shot.
  • 6:35 in, Jamie Langenbrunner score the first goal on his 1,100th career NHL game. Arnott passed, in front of Rinne, behind him to Langenbrunner, in the slot. He shot top right corner to make it 1-0 Blues.
  • 18:36 in, Alex Steen went to the dressing room after he blocked a shot from Ryan Ellis.
  • 19:36 in, Steen came back on the ice.
  • 19:54 in, Radulov attempted a wrap-around off the face-off. The rebound went to Shea Weber crashing the net, but Elliot made the save.
  • At the end of the second period, the Blues were on top 1-0. Nashville out-shot St. Louis 20-13 through two. 

3rd Period

  • 4:47 in, David Perron broke away from the defense off the right side. Perron dragged across the crease to score. 2-0 Blues.
  • 13:43 in, Ryan Ellis's rebound from the point went to David Legwand, but shot over the net. Legwand had Elliot down and if he would have shot lower, he would have scored.
  • 12:52 in, Oshie was on his knees to shoot, which was stopped by Rinne. He followed his own rebound to jam the puck home, but since Perron hit Rinne into the back of the net, the goal didn't count. 
  • It should have been a goal, no doubt. Fans chanting, "Refs you suck!" after the decision.
  • 16:00 in, the Blues were pouring on the attack and a goal was just bound to happen. T.J. Oshie fooled Suter and Rinne, as he went one way, then faked to go the other way. Oshie shot before Rinne could get back to his post. 3-0 Blues.
  • 18:01 in, Pietrangelo finally went to the box for cross checking. He was all over Hornqvist in the 3rd.
  • 18:40 in, Pekka Rinne went to the bench for the extra attacker.
  • The game ended with the Blues winning, 3-0. Both teams tied in shots at 24.


    St. Louis Blues Players to Watch

    Name G A +/- TOI #42 David Backes 0 2 +1 19:24 #74 T.J. Oshie 1 1 +2 18:58 #44 Jason Arnott 0 1 +2 15:18

    Scoring Summary

    Jamie Langenbrunner - Arnott and Steen at 6:35 in the 2nd
    David Perron - Backes and Oshie at 4:47 in the 3rd
    T.J. Oshie - Pietrangelo and Backes at 16:00 in the 3rd

    My Three Stars of the Game

    1. Brian Elliot: 24 Saves and Shutout
    2. T.J. Oshie: Goal & Assist (Should have been 2 Goals)
    3. David Backes: 2 Assists

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