Predators spoil Martin Brodeur's debut with Blues
Veteran netminder makes 20 saves in loss
Mike Ribeiro scored the winning goal and had two assists, and the Nashville Predators spoiled goalie Martin Brodeur's debut with the Blues by beating St. Louis 4-3 on Thursday night.
Pregame. <a href="http://t.co/lSBzbctmly">pic.twitter.com/lSBzbctmly</a>—@StLouisBlues
The 42-year-old Brodeur made 20 saves in his first start for a team other than the New Jersey Devils. The Blues signed the four-time Vezina Trophy winner on Tuesday, tapping the NHL's goalie leader in games, wins and shutouts to help with Brian Elliott sidelined by a knee injury.
"It was a different feeling for me today," Brodeur said. "I haven't played in a long time. Coming into the organization, different players, different team, coaching staff, so not sure what to expect. I did it for so long with the same people over and over.
"But glad it's over, and now I got (a game) under my belt. We're going to stop talking about it and just play hockey."
Rookie Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Eric Nystrom and Colin Wilson had a goal apiece as the Predators improved to 11-1-1 at home. The Predators snapped a six-game skid to the Blues in Nashville and took the Central Division lead.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals, and Jaden Schwartz added one for the Blues, who lost for the second time in two nights.
St. Louis started Jake Allen in goal for a 4-1 loss in Chicago on Wednesday, and then turned to Brodeur against Nashville.
Brodeur gets an assist on the Schwartz goal. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OurBlues?src=hash">#OurBlues</a>—@StLouisBlues
Brodeur, 688-394-176 in 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils — with whom he won three Stanley Cup titles — shut out the Predators the last time he faced them on Nov. 13, 2013.
He started this one with a fine save in close against Colin Wilson less than a minute into his debut. Brodeur also stopped James Neal on a slap shot in the first period.
Tarasenko put the Blues ahead 1-0 with a snap shot at 5:46 of the first period, prompting Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to take his timeout to regroup the Predators.
Any chance at Brodeur notching a shutout ended at 14:10 when the Predators scored on their 14th shot. Forsberg, born in August 1994 — nearly three years after Brodeur's NHL debut during the 1991-92 season, scored on a wrister off the rebound of Ribeiro's shot at 14:10.
Brodeur: "I was happy just to feel the puck and feel the game and feel the pressure of the team coming at me." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash">#stlblues</a>—@StLouisBlues