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Blues 3, Predators 2: St. Louis wins in a shootout

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The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues played a wildly entertaining, close contest tonight at Bridgestone Arena, with the Blues getting their first win this season over Nashville, 3-2 after a shootout. The win widens the Blues' lead over the Preds for 4th place in the West to four points, with each team having 21 games remaining.

Video highlights and post-game reaction from this one follow after the jump:

Cue the video (might take 30-45 minutes post-game to work):

We've got loads of post-game audio from this one:

Predators Blues highlights 2012-02-23 (mp3)

Ryan Suter post-game 2012-02-23 (mp3)

Roman Josi intermission 2012-02-23 (mp3)

Rob Vollman pregame 2012-02-23 (mp3)

And from the post-game media scrum, there's Sergei Kostitsyn, Roman Josi, Colin Wilson, and Barry Trotz. Just click each name for the mp3.

Your random observations:

  • Boy, that first period wasn't exactly one for the scrapbook, was it? Let's move on...
  • We saw the give and take which comes with rookies in the second period with Roman Josi. He jumps into a rush nicely and finishes off the 2-on-1 with Brandon Yip, but later on makes a poor choice when trying to clear the puck up the boards, turning it over and leading to the Blues' second goal.
  • Then Darren Dreger broke word that Dustin Brown might actually be available in L.A., and I pretty much lost focus on the game after that.
  • Wilson's backhander reminded me of the goal he scored at Dallas a couple games ago.
  • By all accounts, it sounds like the Preds didn't recognize Arnott's return during the game. Personally, I think that's pretty poor.

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