The Nashville Predators pushed the St. Louis Blues late in the third period, but Ryan Miller came up with a handful of key stops to give his new team their third straight win. Since making the deal to bring Miller and Steve Ott to town, St. Louis hasn’t lost a game. They’ve struggled to find goals through a few periods, but the pieces have fallen into place as the Blues have been able to find different heroes on different nights.
This evening, Magnus Paajarvi was the difference maker. He found the back of the net for his second goal in three games, and it stood up despite the Predators pushing the pace late in the third period.
Also scoring for the Blues was Ian Cole. St. Louis had plenty of chances to extend their lead, however. They hit two posts and Alexander Steen failed to convert on a penalty shot in the second period. (h/t to theScore.com for the GIF)
A game that started off as a back-and-forth contest slowly went the way of the Predators during the end of the first and a portion of the second period. St. Louis struggled to find a way to crack through Nashville’s stingy offense, but Paajarvi was there to put one home when the opportunity was there.
As the contest wore on, the two teams started getting a bit chippy. Shea Weber buried David Backes into the boards with a nasty check, while the Blues captain was escorted to the penalty box after running into Pekka Rinne as he tried to play the puck towards the middle of the third.
The Predators remain in the basement of the Central Division while the Blues came away with two points once again.
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