Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/5/12
Martin Erat had a goal and two assists and Pekka Rinne made 41 saves as the host Nashville Predators moved past the St. Louis Blues into second place in the Central Division with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Rinne has won a franchise-record 11 consecutive starts in goal for the Predators.

Sergei Kostitsyn collected a goal and an assist for the Predators. He secured the win with his 13th goal of the season into an empty net.

Mike Fisher gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 12:30 of the first period after receiving a pass from Kostitsyn from behind the net. Fisher then toe-dragged around a defenseman at the top of the crease and wristed his 15th of the season past Halak.

Earlier in the opening session, Erat scored his 12th of the season with a power-play blast from the point.

Rinne’s bid for a fifth shutout this season was spoiled at 4:01 of the third period when Chris Porter picked the pocket of defenseman Roman Josi and wristed a shot passed the surprised goalie. It was Porter’s third goal of the season and first in his last 10 games.

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