Preds beat Blues 3-1

ST. LOUIS – The Nashville Predators wrapped up a four game road trip with a hard fought 3-1 win in St. Louis Thursday night.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first period the Predators dominated play the rest of the night out shooting the Blues 34-22. 

Nashville tied the game in the second period when Patric Hornqvist scored for the third time in five games.  Joel Ward took the puck of the boards and spun for a shot on goalie Chris Mason who could not control the puck, that allowed Hornqvist to jam through and tie the score.  It was Hornqvist’s fifth goal of the season.

The game looked like it was headed for overtime when with less than four minutes to play the Blues were not able to clear the puck from their zone.  It slowly slid to Jordin Tootoo who fired a one-timer from the wing for his first goal of the season.

Mason was pulled with less than a minute to go and after intercepting a pass at mid-ice David Legwand converted the empty netter with only :06 left to play.  It was Legwand’s first goal of the season and it took him 17 games to get it.

The Predators improve to 8-8-1 with the win and are back home Saturday night to start a five game homestand with Montreal. 

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