Predators top Blues 4-3 on Granlund's power-play goal

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Nashville Predators knew they were going to be in for a hard-fought, physical battle against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. They were ready.

Mikael Granlund scored a power-play goal early in the third period after St. Louis had rallied from a two-goal deficit to forge a tie and the Predators held off the Blues 4-3 on Saturday.

Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Duchene, and Kyle Turris also scored for Nashville, which improved to 3-0 this season against the Blues.

With Carl Gunnarsson serving a penalty for holding, Granlund took the rebound from a Roman Josi shot from the point and pushed it through Jake Allen's legs to give Nashville the lead for good 3:59 into the third period. Granlund's 14th goal of the season was his fourth in his last six games.

''Maybe there's been situations earlier this season when they come back and we let down a little bit,'' Granlund said. ''I think we just kept playing, and then we earned one goal in the third that won us the game. It's just a mentality to keep playing the way we need to play.''

Jusse Saros made 23 saves to improve to 11-9-4 on the season. He has won five of his last six decisions and is now 4-3-1 lifetime against St. Louis.

''I thought we came into the game really mentally prepared,'' Predators coach John Hynes said. ''I liked the fact we had good mental toughness, good focus. I thought in the third period we found a way to win the game and that's the most important part at this time of year.''

The contest featured a pair of fights in the first nine minutes as Filip Forsberg squared off against Brayden Schenn 4:54 into the game followed by Jarred Tindori stepping in for Arvidsson to square off against Robert Bortuzzo 4:05 later.

''We knew it was going to be a battle,'' Forsberg said. ''They brought it. We answered the bell.''

Allen surrendered four goals on 27 shots to fall to 8-6-3 in just his fourth home start of the season. St. Louis is 2-6-3 in its last 11 games.

''I'm not going to sit here and question our team's work ethic tonight and competitiveness,'' Blues coach Craig Berube said. ''It was high and they played hard, came up short.''

Arvidsson put Nashville on top 6:29 into the first period when he one-timed a pass from Granlund past Allen for his 13th goal of the season. It was Arvidsson's first goal in his last nine games as he returned to St. Louis for the first time since suffering a lower body injury after Robert Bortuzzo cross-checked him into the net on Nov. 23.

''I was rattled last time we were here and kind of rattled today, too,'' Arvidsson said. ''I just try to go out there and make a difference, and I thought I did that.''

Duchene made it 2-0 at 12:23 when he skated in and pushed the puck past Allen on the stick side for his 12th goal of the season.

Zach Sanford cut the deficit to 2-1 when he one-timed a pass from Sammy Blais past Saros 4:13 into the second period for his 13th goal of the season.

Turris responded 21 seconds later when his wrist shot eluded Allen for a 3-1 lead.

St. Louis again pulled within a goal less than two minutes later when Jaden Schwartz deflected Brayden Schenn's shot past Saros on a power play.

Jordan Kyrou tied the game at 3-all when he intercepted a Predators clearing attempt from in front of the net and pushed it past Saros for his second goal midway through the second period.

''I think we're not playing a full 60 minutes,'' Sanford said. ''We're running around a little bit, and then I think after that we took over the game for the majority of it, and unfortunately it wasn't enough.''

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Blues took a moment to acknowledge everyone who came to Jay Bouwmeester's aid after he collapsed on the bench after suffering a cardiac episode on Tuesday night in Anaheim. . St. Louis has allowed at least three goals in its last 11 games and has allowed a league-leading 71 goals since Dec. 27. . Josi now has 23 points (5 goals, 18 assists) in 39 career games against St. Louis.

UP NEXT

Nashville: Predators host Blues in a rematch on Sunday night.

St. Louis: Blues travel to Nashville on Sunday night.

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123T
NSH28-22-7
2114
STL32-16-10
0303
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW10110/0012:450
N. Bonino C00009/9019:300
M. Duchene C11025/6213:481
M. Ekholm D00110/0026:560
D. Fabbro D00110/0011:472
F. Forsberg LW01030/0514:002
M. Granlund RW11133/1020:552
R. Grimaldi LW00020/0011:330
D. Hamhuis D01120/0016:110
C. Jarnkrok LW00010/1214:390
R. Johansen C011210/8214:310
R. Josi D01-130/0224:463
C. Sissons C00004/8015:060
C. Smith RW00000/0215:100
J. Tinordi D00000/0517:142
K. Turris C12040/2015:360
A. Watson RW00000/0009:421
Y. Weber D00020/0017:190
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
I. Barbashev RW00-202/5008:062
S. Blais RW01-100/0209:565
R. Bortuzzo D00000/0511:252
T. Bozak RW01029/2017:151
V. Dunn D00110/0016:580
J. Faulk D00-310/0017:551
C. Gunnarsson D00010/0219:341
J. Kyrou RW10120/1009:470
M. MacEachern LW00-100/0006:133
R. O'Reilly C000118/14021:570
C. Parayko D00130/0024:445
D. Perron RW01020/0220:391
A. Pietrangelo D00-180/0024:306
Z. Sanford LW10110/0217:465
B. Schenn C01-124/5718:504
J. Schwartz LW10-120/0019:400
A. Steen LW00000/0013:210
R. Thomas C01102/4014:500
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (W)263230.88560:00
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (W)26
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Allen (L)274230.85258:17
GOALIESSA
J. Allen (L)27
Alex Pietrangelo shot on goal (Wrist shot)
NSH:GoalsShots
STL:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NSH
      03:59(PP) GOAL Mikael Granlund (Backhand shot), Assists: Roman Josi and Kyle Turris
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • STL
      10:50GOAL Jordan Kyrou (Wrist shot), Assist: Tyler Bozak
    • STL
      06:18(PP) GOAL Jaden Schwartz (Wrist shot), Assists: Brayden Schenn and David Perron
    • NSH
      04:34GOAL Kyle Turris (Wrist shot), Assists: Matt Duchene and Dan Hamhuis
    • STL
      04:13GOAL Zach Sanford (Wrist shot), Assists: Sammy Blais and Robert Thomas
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NSH
      12:23GOAL Matt Duchene (Wrist shot), Assists: Filip Forsberg and Kyle Turris
    • NSH
      06:29GOAL Viktor Arvidsson (Slap shot), Assists: Mikael Granlund and Ryan Johansen
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • STL
      09:06Sammy Blais penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • NSH
      09:06Calle Jarnkrok penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • STL
      05:08Brayden Schenn penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • STL
      03:42Carl Gunnarsson penalty Holding - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NSH
      17:38Roman Josi penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • NSH
      05:46Ryan Johansen penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • NSH
      01:59Craig Smith penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • STL
      19:50David Perron penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • STL
      17:34Zach Sanford penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • NSH
      15:13Matt Duchene penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • STL
      08:59Robert Bortuzzo penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • NSH
      08:59Jarred Tinordi penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • NSH
      04:54Filip Forsberg penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • STL
      04:54Brayden Schenn penalty Fighting - 5 min.
TEAM STATS
NSH
STL
Shots on Goal2726
Goals in Power Play11
Faceoff Wins3135
Penalties77
Major Penalties22
Minor Penalties55
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
NSH
Shots on Goal27
Goals in Power Play1
Faceoff Wins31
Penalties7
Major Penalties2
Minor Penalties5
Misconducts0
123T
NSH28-22-7
2114
STL32-16-10
0303
STARS OF THE GAME
14.8 %SHOT %11.5 %
0.885 %SAVE %0.852 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW10110/0012:450
N. Bonino C00009/9019:300
M. Duchene C11025/6213:481
M. Ekholm D00110/0026:560
D. Fabbro D00110/0011:472
F. Forsberg LW01030/0514:002
M. Granlund RW11133/1020:552
R. Grimaldi LW00020/0011:330
D. Hamhuis D01120/0016:110
C. Jarnkrok LW00010/1214:390
R. Johansen C011210/8214:310
R. Josi D01-130/0224:463
C. Sissons C00004/8015:060
C. Smith RW00000/0215:100
J. Tinordi D00000/0517:142
K. Turris C12040/2015:360
A. Watson RW00000/0009:421
Y. Weber D00020/0017:190
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
I. Barbashev RW00-202/5008:062
S. Blais RW01-100/0209:565
R. Bortuzzo D00000/0511:252
T. Bozak RW01029/2017:151
V. Dunn D00110/0016:580
J. Faulk D00-310/0017:551
C. Gunnarsson D00010/0219:341
J. Kyrou RW10120/1009:470
M. MacEachern LW00-100/0006:133
R. O'Reilly C000118/14021:570
C. Parayko D00130/0024:445
D. Perron RW01020/0220:391
A. Pietrangelo D00-180/0024:306
Z. Sanford LW10110/0217:465
B. Schenn C01-124/5718:504
J. Schwartz LW10-120/0019:400
A. Steen LW00000/0013:210
R. Thomas C01102/4014:500
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (W)263230.88560:00
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (W)26
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Allen (L)274230.85258:17
GOALIESSA
J. Allen (L)27
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
NSH28-22-7
2114
STL32-16-10
0303
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW10110/0012:450
N. Bonino C00009/9019:300
M. Duchene C11025/6213:481
M. Ekholm D00110/0026:560
D. Fabbro D00110/0011:472
F. Forsberg LW01030/0514:002
M. Granlund RW11133/1020:552
R. Grimaldi LW00020/0011:330
D. Hamhuis D01120/0016:110
C. Jarnkrok LW00010/1214:390
R. Johansen C011210/8214:310
R. Josi D01-130/0224:463
C. Sissons C00004/8015:060
C. Smith RW00000/0215:100
J. Tinordi D00000/0517:142
K. Turris C12040/2015:360
A. Watson RW00000/0009:421
Y. Weber D00020/0017:190
Total4802731/3520-13
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
I. Barbashev RW00-202/5008:062
S. Blais RW01-100/0209:565
R. Bortuzzo D00000/0511:252
T. Bozak RW01029/2017:151
V. Dunn D00110/0016:580
J. Faulk D00-310/0017:551
C. Gunnarsson D00010/0219:341
J. Kyrou RW10120/1009:470
M. MacEachern LW00-100/0006:133
R. O'Reilly C000118/14021:570
C. Parayko D00130/0024:445
D. Perron RW01020/0220:391
A. Pietrangelo D00-180/0024:306
Z. Sanford LW10110/0217:465
B. Schenn C01-124/5718:504
J. Schwartz LW10-120/0019:400
A. Steen LW00000/0013:210
R. Thomas C01102/4014:500
Total3502635/3120-36
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (W)263230.88560:00
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (W)26
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Allen (L)274230.85258:17
GOALIESSA
J. Allen (L)27
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

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NSH28-22-7
2114
STL32-16-10
0303
TEAM STATS
3.62
GF AVG
3.60
GA AVG
.62
Power Play
3.79
GF AVG
3.40
GA AVG
.88
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.