That's just not good enough. Blues fall to Predators in home opener.
The Nashville Predators pushed their record to 2-0 with a 4-2 triumph in St. Louis, on the strength of four points from David Legwand, three from Craig Smith, and 31 saves from Pekka Rinne, who bailed out a Preds team that was outshot 33-16 over the course of the game.
St. Louis fans get a treat tonight as the Blues start their 2011-2012 season against the Nashville Predators
Last season, the Preds went 2-3-1 against the Blues, and this year, St. Louis should battle side-by-side with Nashville right down to the wire for a playoff spot.
|- 1, St Louis Goal - Patrik Berglund, from T.J. Oshie and Roman Polak at 7:44. 2, Nashville Power-Play Goal - Craig Smith (2), from Shea Weber and David Legwand at 11:37. Penalties - Zack Stortini, Nashville (Fighting (maj)), 8:58; Ryan Reaves, St. Louis (Fighting (maj)), 8:58; Jamie Langenbrunner, St. Louis (Slashing), 10:30; Jack Hillen, Nashville (Holding), 12:58; Carlo Colaiacovo, St. Louis (Tripping), 19:08.|
|- No scoring. Penalties - Jerred Smithson, Nashville (Hooking), 2:28; Chris Stewart, St. Louis (Roughing), 6:47; Blake Geoffrion, Nashville (Tripping), 13:16; Zack Stortini, Nashville (Interference), 17:42.|
|- 3, Nashville Power-Play Goal - David Legwand, from Craig Smith and Colin Wilson at 6:01. 4, St Louis Power-Play Goal - Jason Arnott, from David Backes and Alexander Steen at 12:17. 5, Nashville Goal - Kevin Klein, from David Legwand and Craig Smith at 13:14. 6, Nashville Empty Net Goal - David Legwand (2), from Sergei Kostitsyn and Nick Spaling at 18:58. Penalties - Chris Stewart, St. Louis (Delaying Game-Puck over glass), 4:38; Cal O`Reilly, Nashville (Tripping), 12:13.|