The St. Louis Blues' smothering defense lived up to its billing tonight, as the Nashville Predators couldn't get one past Brian Elliott, despite ample rebound opportunities presenting themselves. Elliott recorded his third shutout in a row, his 9th of the season, as St. Louis skated off with a 3-0 win.
The Preds, skating without leading scorer Martin Erat again, could only muster 4 shots on goal in the third period, as any attempt at a comeback was snuffed out in the neutral zone time & time again.
Follow after the jump for the video highlights & reaction...
Cue the video (might take 30-45 minutes post-game to work):
Your random observations:
- I missed the first period and a half of this one, but tuned in just in time to see Jason Arnott set up Jamie Langenbrunner for the opening goal, a savvy veteran play there.
- Alexander Radulov looks more dangerous with each passing game, his elusiveness with the puck was something we haven't seen around these parts in a long time...
- The Perron goal to put St. Louis up 2-0 was a pretty play by Perron. His drop pass got Klein to hesitate just enough to blow by him, so when he got the puck back he could drive in on Rinne unmolested.
- Once St. Louis got that two-goal lead, fighting through their 1-2-2 was tremendously difficult for the Preds. Multiple times the Preds tried to send a long pass into the neutral zone, only to have them picked off cleanly by the Blues and brought back the other way.
- I still have no idea why the refs didn't allow the goal late in the 3rd which got called off. It looked like a good score on replay, and the talk of pushing Rinne into the net "after the whistle" made no sense at all.
- Kevin Shattenkirk abused Patric Hornqvist early & often before finally getting whistled for it in the final two minutes. Setting a tone for a future playoff matchup, perhaps?
- One thing to take out of this one? The Preds now have some good game film of how the Blues worked to shut them down in the third, and can use that for planning purposes should these teams meet again in a month or so. Other than that, toss this one in the dumpster and look forward to playing in Detroit on Friday.