(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The St. Louis Blues edged out Music City’s Nashville Predators 2 to 1 Thursday night. This concludes the regular season series with Nashville, which also became a sweep of the Preds for St. Louis. The Blues are now on a three game win streak, and goaltender Ryan Miller is perfect in the Blue note.
The Blues lit up the scoreboard first when Ian Cole fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle which blasted past the Predator’s goaltender, Pekka Rinne. Nick Spaling of the Preds managed to tip the puck past Ryan Miller to tie the game up at one, still early in the first period. The Blues struggled through the rest of the first and were unable to get a shot off for 15 entire minutes. They managed to keep the game tied at one going into the second period thanks to strong play by new addition Miller.
Halfway through the second period Magnus Paajarvi picked up a pass and skated down the right side of the ice, breaking into the Predator’s zone, to shoot one far side over the stick of Pekka Rinne and into the back of the net. Alexander Steen had a chance to increase the lead to 3 to 1 when he was awarded a penalty shot but he was stoned by Rinne going glove hand. The teams would remain at a stalemate for the rest of the game. The Blues held onto the 2 to 1 lead for a win, with some spectacular saves by Ryan Miller to close out the game.
The Blues have reached 90 points and are second in the Western Conference behind Anaheim who stands with 92 points. The Blues have two more road games before they return home. They face the Colorado Avalanche at 2PM (CST) on Saturday March 8th.