In a matchup of teams riding four-game winning streaks something had to give. The Nashville Predators needed a little extra time to stretch their run to five.
David Legwand scored the only shootout goal, Pekka Rinne finished with 39 saves and the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night. Legwand drifted to his right before lifting a backhander over the outstretched glove of goalie Jaroslav Halak.
''It's always nice to score one when you have the opportunity,'' Legwand said. ''Pekka stood strong and gave us the opportunity to be there for that goal.''
St. Louis outshot Nashville 40-20.
''We didn't have our `A' game, but they forced us out of our `A' game a little bit,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. ''They outchanced us, but it was not as wide as the margin of shots.''
Martin Erat scored in regulation for Nashville, and T.J. Oshie had the goal for St. Louis. Both scores came in the third period, and the Predators struck first.
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