Posted February 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots and the Nashville Predators broke out of a season-long scoring slump with three first-period goals on the way to a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune and Nick Spaling scored in the opening period for Nashville, which won its third in a row. The Predators entered with an NHL-low 12 regulation goals in their first eight games. St. Louis lost its second straight after winning four in a row from Jan 24-31. Nashville completed a 4-2-1 road trip, tying the longest in franchise history. St. Louis beat the Predators 3-0 on Jan. 24, the second leg of the trip. Rinne improved to 3-2-3 this season. Colin Wilson had three assists for the Predators. Six players scored for Nashville - five in the first 30:09. Alex Pietrangelo scored his second goal of the season for the Blues, who had won six of their first eight games. Nashville scored three times on its first eight shots against Brian Elliott. Ellis scored on the power play 2:10 into the game on assists from Wilson and Erat. The goal snapped the Predators' scoring drought of 184 minutes, 54 seconds in St. Louis dating to Dec. 30, 2011. It also halted an 0-for-17 skid on the power play. Clune and Spaling scored 3:20 apart late in the first period to push the lead to 3-0. Elliott, who gave up four goals on 11 shots, was replaced by Jake Allen midway through the second period. Kevin Klein and Gabriel Bourque added second-period goals to put the Predators in front 5-0. The Blues had allowed just seven goals in the first period over their first eight games. NOTES: The Predators will host Los Angeles on Thursday in their first home game since Jan. 21. ... St. Louis G Jaroslav Halak is out with a groin injury sustained last Friday in Detroit. He is expected to practice this Friday. ... Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko had a five-game point streak snapped. ... Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist is out at least three weeks with a knee sprain sustained Jan. 26 at Anaheim. ... The Blues gave up five goals or more for only the third time in their last 51 home games. ... St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was in attendance. ... Five of the Predators' nine games this season have gone to a shootout.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

LEFTGOVERS: Preds vs Blues – Game 9

Here are your “Leftgovers” from the Nashville Predators game on Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues… — LEFTOVER THOUGHTS: * Martin Erat returned to the Nashville lineup after missing the San Jose game with an injury sustained in practice. * He would garner second star honors after posting three points. * Matt Halischuk – who had 15 goals for the Predators last...

Wilson, Erat lead Preds past Blues

The Nashville Predators had been having trouble scoring goals so far this season. Coming into Tuesday night’s contest in St. Louis, the Predators were dead last in the NHL with(More here)…

Chip McCleary: 2/5, Blues vs. Predators - Recap: a whole lot of ugly

My 3 stars of the game 1. Colin Wilson, NSH. 3 assists, and generally gave the Blues fits. Also reminds me of why I had him ranked #4 on my draft list that year behind Stamkos, Doughty, and Pietrangelo. 2. Martin Erat, NSH. Goal, 2 assists (which means he got 75% of the points he had season-to-date coming into tonight), just generally hovering around the net, … solid...

Unsung Heroes: Yip, Spaling and Hannan

Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images The Predators are slowly coming up the ranks in scoring with a shelling of the St. Louis Blues that saw Erat and Wilson have three point nights. Rinne has been solid between the pipes allowing only 3 goals in his last three games. Ryan Ellis has come through as the power-play specialist he was drafted and developed to become. But what about...

Comments from a standing "O" by the cripple beside the couch in Preds 6-1 win

As you probably do not know, the reason for my lack of posting and in person presence around the Predators' rink this year is that I will be undergoing a full hip replacement this coming Thursday which will require a six week period of no driving or public appearances. Therefore, I am limited to comments from the couch for the time being.In spite of my infirmary, I was able to...

Shea Weber's production expected to increase

If last season is any predictor, then Shea Weber is due on Thursday when the Nashville Predators host the Los Angeles Kings. A finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHLs top defenseman in each of the last two seasons (and signatory to -- oh, by the way -- a 14-year, 110-million contract last July), Weber has failed to earn a point in any of the Predators first nine games -- by far...

Recap: Predators fire on all cylinders, win 6-1

(Mark Buckner/Getty Images) Off of a great game in San Jose, Preds fans cautiously looked forward to tonights game hoping that the team could gain some momentum and maintain some form. But no one, not even the most aggressive optimist, could have predicted the gift we received tonight. The Predators we're hot. Like really hot. They scored 5 goals on 12 shots and...

Today in the Nation: February 6th

Today’s Links The Tennessean - Nashville Predators thrash St. Louis Blues The Tennessean - Nashville Predators’ Rich Clune gets first NHL goal – and puck, too Fox Sports TN - Rinne backstops Predators to win over Blues The Tennessean - Postgame quotes St. Louis Today - Blues whipped by Nashville St. Louis Today - Blues go splat! against Predators BND.com - Nashville delivers...

Paul McCann: C'Mon Home Boys!

Six goals, three in one period. That is what it took to finally break out of the goal scoring funk the Nashville Predators have been in. In one game the team added a full half goal to their goals per game average and got off the bottom of the league standings in goal scoring. St. Louis was coming off of a three day layoff and it showed. They came out a tad flat and Nashville...

Preds manage successful road trip

On their recent 7-game western swing, the Predators came away with a 4-2-1 record...

Kings-Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators were in the midst of a long road trip and had only one victory when they faced the Los Angeles Kings exactly one week ago. Things have changed for the better since. Back home after a lengthy stay on the road, Nashville seeks a fourth straight victory and second win in eight days over Los Angeles on Thursday night. The Predators (4-2-3) dropped five of their...

Getting the O with the D

By: Miranda Martin Miranda@PredneckNation.com @lovelyminda After the Nashville Predators dominated the St. Louis Blues 6-1 last night, it was obvious that the offense had found something that clicked and worked like a charm, and a major part of it may have been the defense. The first goal of the night was a quick wrist shot from Ryan Ellis, who found ...

Game 10: Los Angeles @ Nashville – Back to the Beginning

Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images The Nashville Predators kicked off their current 3-game win streak with a 2-1 eight-round shootout win against the Los Angeles Kings on January 31st. Since then, Nashville dispatched the Sharks with the same 2-1 shootout result and let loose a torrent of scoring against the St. Louis Blues 6-1 handing them their first home loss of the year. Game time...

Game 9: Nashville @ St. Louis – You, Again?

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images For the third time in just over two weeks, the Predators and Blues square off again in the last game of a franchise-tying longest road trip for Nashville. The Blues have owned Nashville so far this season winning both games; one home, one away. Game time is at 7 p.m central and can be heard on 102.5 the Game locally and seen in sparkling High...

Top shootout moments in Preds history

With five of the first eight games going to a shootout, it got us thinking: what are the top shootout moments in Predators history?
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.