Predators beat Halak, Blues in shootout
Marcel Goc scored in the fourth round of a shootout Thursday to give the visiting Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Goc deked to the backhand, pulled the puck back to his forehand and beat Jaroslav Halak.
Cal O'Reilly also scored in the shootout for the Predators. O'Reilly and J.P. Dumont connected in regulation and Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots.
The Blues, who have dropped two straight after winning seven in a row, got a shootout goal from Matt D'Agostini and regulation goals from D'Agostini and David Backes. Halak stopped 24 shots.
St. Louis, playing without six injured regulars, dropped to 6-0-1 at home this season with a the loss that snapped a 12-game winning streak on home ice.
Backes opened the scoring for the Blues, scoring with 1:38 left in the first period. Andy McDonald's initial shot was stopped by Rinne, but Backes rammed home the rebound from the right side of the circle after a hard hit by Nashville's Steve Sullivan.
The Predators had the better of the play in the second period, outshooting the Blues 10-3 and picking up the equalizer from O'Reilly 13:44 into the period. O'Reilly was on the doorstep and banged home Francis Bouillon's rebound shot that Halak stopped.
D'Agostini made it 2-1 with his team-leading sixth goal of the season, scoring 5:54 into the final period on the Blues' first shot of the period. Patrik Berglund led D'Agostini streaking down the left side as teams were playing 4-on-4 and D'Agostini beat Rinne with a shot through the pads.
Dumont tied it with 6:52 to play when he backhanded a shot over Halak's right shoulder after David Legwand's shot off the end boards came out the other side of the net.