Brodziak, Tarasenko score as Blues beat Predators 3-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) Kyle Brodziak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the third period, lifting the St. Louis Blues over the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Saturday night.
David Perron also scored and Jake Allen made 30 saves, helping the Blues finish 3-0 on their homestand. St. Louis is 8-1-2 at home this season.
Mike Ribeiro scored and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for Nashville, which finished a three-game trip 1-2.
The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak vs. Nashville but have dominated the Predators at Scottrade Center, winning five straight. Overall, the Blues have won six of eight against the Predators.
Brodziak snapped a 1-1 tie with his second goal in three games 7:28 into the third period. Brodziak put in a rebound off Scottie Upshall's shot after the pair entered on a 2-on-1 following P.K. Subban's turnover.
Tarasenko ripped a wrist shot past Rinne to make it 3-1 with 8:24 left for his team-high seventh goal of the season. The goal came off a rush following Allen's save on Mattias Ekholm's chance from the slot moments earlier.
Perron put the Blues up 1-0 3:09 into the second period with a backhand rebound off Jay Bouwmeester's shot from the point. Perron has a point in each of the last four games.
Ribeiro tied it with a power-play goal 8:59 into the second by pouncing on a puck in the crease that had trickled through Allen after he got a piece of Craig Smith's shot. The Blues couldn't convert on two chances to clear the puck leading to the goal.
James Neal had his six-game goal streak snapped for the Predators.
NOTES: The Blues acquired D Reid McNeill from the Penguins in exchange for F Danny Kristo. McNeill will report to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. … Predators D Anthony Bitetto was sent to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. … Blues D Robert Bortuzzo returned after missing the last 10 games with a lower-body injury.
Predators: Will host Tampa Bay on Monday night.
Blues: Travel to Boston on Tuesday night.