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Sullivan's shootout goal lifts Predators over Blues

Feb 13, 2009 - 6:22 AM
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- After captain Jason Arnott salvaged one point for the Nashville Predators, Steve Sullivan earned them a second.

Sullivan scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Predators to a 4-3 comeback win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Arnott and defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Klein tallied in regulation and David Legwand recorded two assists for the Predators, who narrowly avoided their third consecutive loss.

With Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne not giving up anything in the shootout at the other end, Sullivan followed a miss by Legwand by beating Blues netminder Chris Mason between the pads.

"I'm not afraid to say that throughout all of our shootouts, we try to avoid Mason as much as possible," said Sullivan, who still is seeking his first regulation goal of the season. "To go against him was a treat tonight. I'm glad I was able to sneak one by him tonight. He's very good at them. I don't have too many shootout moves. You have to stick with what you can do."

"Sullivan is a guy that just wants to win, but he wants to get that first goal," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "He is expected to produce some offense, and goal-scoring is part of it. It's a little elephant off of his back. Hopefully, he'll get hot and be a really big offensive boost for us."

Rinne made the final save on T.J. Oshie, stretching out his left pad to deny the shot and clinch the win.

"You try to be patient," Rinne said. "Every team uses really skilled guys, so you wait for a deke rather than a shot. I tried to read the players and I tried to be patient. I feel lucky."

Arnott forced overtime when he slapped a rebound out of the air and past Mason with three seconds left in the third period. It was the 21st goal of the season for the veteran.

"Most of the time when you're out there, you just try to stay as loose as possible and stay away from their defenders," Arnott said. "We had enough guys on the other side, and the puck just popped out. I took a whack at it, and it went in."

"We called the timeout, we won the faceoff and we failed to get the puck out of the zone," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said. "The puck was in the corner of the rink with about 4.5 seconds to go, and we didn't protect the front of the net. The puck got there and they scored."

Brad Winchester and David Backes each collected a goal and an assist for St. Louis. David Perron added his seventh tally of the season and Brad Boyes notched a pair of assists for the Blues, who missed a chance to win here in regulation for the first time since April 3, 2004.

"I know Predators hockey, and I've seen a lot of games like that where they are down in the third period," said Mason, who spent parts of six seasons with Nashville before being traded to St. Louis in June. "They really worked hard in the third period and put the puck in the goal."

The Blues grabbed the early lead when Winchester stole a pass and found Boyes streaking up the right side. Boyes skated across the goal mouth and attempted a backhander that was blocked by Rinne, but Backes scooped up the rebound and stuffed it in from the doorstep just 2:44 into the game.

St. Louis doubled the lead on Perron's goal 12 minutes later. After Hamhuis' power-play tally with 40 seconds left in the first halved the deficit, the Blues pushed the advantage back to two goals on Winchester's slap shot from above the right faceoff circle with 8:16 remaining in the second period.

"It seemed like an uphill battle the whole time," Trotz said. "With the third goal, that was the one that really deflated us because of the fact that right before, we were coming on them pretty well."

Klein pulled the Predators within one when he circled behind the net and emerged on the left side before sneaking a wrist shot between Mason and the goalpost at 7:55 of the third.

"St. Louis is a hard team to come back on," Trotz said. "They check pretty well and they've got good goaltending. We did get a little ground on them, and that's huge for us."

Mason made 31 saves, while Rinne stopped 24 shots.






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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 2 1 0 0 (0) 3
    NASHVILLE 1 0 2 0 (1) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 18 (BRAD BOYES, BRAD WINCHESTER) 2:44
    STL - DAVID PERRON 7 (JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:47
    NAS - (PP) DAN HAMHUIS 3 (DAVID LEGWAND, RYAN JONES) 19:20
    2ND PRD: STL

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 2 1 0 0 3
    NASHVILLE 1 0 2 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 18 (BRAD BOYES, BRAD WINCHESTER) 2:44
    STL - DAVID PERRON 7 (JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:47
    NAS - (PP) DAN HAMHUIS 3 (DAVID LEGWAND, RYAN JONES) 19:20
    2ND PRD: STL - BRAD

    Feb 12 10:48 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 2 1 0 3
    NASHVILLE 1 0 2 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 18 (BRAD BOYES, BRAD WINCHESTER) 2:44
    STL - DAVID PERRON 7 (JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:47
    NAS - (PP) DAN HAMHUIS 3 (DAVID LEGWAND, RYAN JONES) 19:20
    2ND PRD: STL - BRAD WINCHESTER 9 (BRAD BOYE

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    ST LOUIS 3
    NASHVILLE 3
    3RD PRD: NAS - JASON ARNOTT 21 (DAVID LEGWAND, STEVE SULLIVAN) 19:57

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    ST LOUIS 3
    NASHVILLE 2
    3RD PRD: NAS - KEVIN KLEIN 4 (RYAN SUTER, SHEA WEBER) 7:55

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 2 1 3
    NASHVILLE 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 18 (BRAD BOYES, BRAD WINCHESTER) 2:44
    STL - DAVID PERRON 7 (JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:47
    NAS - (PP) DAN HAMHUIS 3 (DAVID LEGWAND, RYAN JONES) 19:20
    2ND PRD: STL - BRAD WINCHESTER 9 (BRAD BOYES,

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    ST LOUIS 3
    NASHVILLE 1
    2ND PRD: STL - BRAD WINCHESTER 9 (BRAD BOYES, DAVID BACKES) 11:44

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 2 2
    NASHVILLE 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 18 (BRAD BOYES, BRAD WINCHESTER) 2:44
    STL - DAVID PERRON 7 (JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:47
    NAS - (PP) RYAN JONES 6 (DAVID LEGWAND) 19:20
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 2
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: NAS - (PP) RYAN JONES 6 (DAVID LEGWAND) 19:20

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    ST LOUIS 2
    NASHVILLE 0
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID PERRON 7 (JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:47

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    ST LOUIS 1
    NASHVILLE 0
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 18 (BRAD BOYES, BRAD WINCHESTER) 2:44

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