Jarnkrok's 2 goals lead Predators over Blues 3-1

A shot by Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok, of Sweden, gets past St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton (40) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Calle Jarnkrok scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators over the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Thursday night.

James Neal also scored and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Nashville, which has won two straight.

Jaden Schwartz had the lone goal and Carter Hutton made 25 saves for the Blues.

Schwartz scored the game's first goal at 3:59 of the opening period.

From the right corner, Vladimir Tarasenko found Schwartz in the lower part of the right faceoff circle, where he beat Rinne on the short side with a wrist shot just inside the post.

Nashville drew even at 18:26 of the second on Jarnkrok's second goal of the season.

In the right corner, Colin Wilson's spinning backhand pass glanced off the skate of Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and landed on Jarnkrok's stick in the slot. Jarnkrok double-clutched and then beat Hutton high to the glove side.

Hutton spent the last three years as Rinne's backup in Nashville before signing with the Blues in the offseason.

Jarnkrok's goal came just minutes after Nashville failed to convert on a two-man advantage that lasted 1 minute, 17 seconds.

Neal gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 3:44 of the third.

Skating down the left side, Mike Ribeiro sent a cross-ice pass to Neal at the right post, where he beat Hutton for his fourth of the season.

Jarnkrok scored his second of the game 1:06 later with another wrist shot from the slot. It was the Swede's third career two-goal game.

NOTES: Nashville C Mike Fisher returned to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. … Predators LW Pontus Aberg had an assist for the Swede's first NHL point. … Blues RW Nail Yakupov returned after being a healthy scratch for three consecutive games.

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Blues: Play at Columbus on Saturday.

Predators: Conclude their five-game homestand Saturday against Anaheim.