Turris scores late, Predators beat Blues 2-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have their first three-game winning streak since October and appear to finally be finding their way under new coach John Hynes as they try to fight their way into the playoff picture.

Kyle Turris scored with 2:12 left, and the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 Sunday night to sweep the season series from the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Better yet, Nashville has won seven of 10 to climb a point out of the Western Conference's two wild card spots with three games in hand on Arizona and two on Calgary. The Predators hadn't won three straight since Oct. 29, and now they also have won back-to-back games in as many days over St. Louis.

“You look where we’re at, I think these last three games have given us confidence and see the light now,” Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said. "It helps us for sure.

Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, his sixth in five games. He said it was unacceptable that it had been so long for Nashville to win three straight.

“It’s something to build off of,” Smith said.

Rinne, pulled from his last start Feb. 10 in Vancouver, made a season-high 38 saves for the win. Rinne made 14 of those in the third, keeping the game tied until Filip Forsberg chased the puck along the boards. He pushed it over to Turris, who beat goalie Jordan Binnington glove-side with a wrister from the left circle for his ninth of the season.

“The amount of Grade-A quality opportunities he stood on his head for, it kept is in the game and gave us the opportunity to win,” Turris said of Rinne.

Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis, and Binnington finished with 22 saves.

The Blues currently lead both the Central Division and the West, but they managed only one point in four games against Nashville. St. Louis has lost four straight and is 2-7-3 over the last 12.

“We’ve just got to battle through it,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “It’s a tough time right now obviously. We’re playing a lot of good hockey, but we’re not coming up with wins. If we just keep competing and working like we did the last two games, we’re going to be OK.”

Nashville fans gave a hand to Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who's recovering after being taken from the bench Tuesday night in Anaheim to a hospital. He had a defibrillator implanted Friday to restore his heart's normal rhythm.

The Blues opened much better than Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Nashville in St. Louis when they didn't have a shot on goal for more than eight minutes. They outshot Nashville 13-6 in a scoreless first period.

Smith put Nashville up 1-0 with his 17th of the season at 7:55 of the second, tapping in the puck off the rebound of a shot by Rocco Grimaldi. Nashville's lead didn't last long as Bozak's shot went off the skate of Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis as he sprawled in the crease in front of Rinne tying it at 1-all a little more than three minutes later as Blues center Jaden Schwartz slid into the net.

Grimaldi had a chance to put Nashville back up, but his shot went off Binnington and the crossbar late in the second. Hynes said Nashville had great goaltending from Rinne, who sat out five of the past six games. He also sees the Predators coming together.

“Mental toughness ... guys playing for each other, I think that's really the big difference,” Hynes said. “That's what drives any strategy that you try to put in.”

NOTES: The NHL has rescheduled St. Louis' game against Anaheim for March 11 and moved the Blues' home game against Florida from March 10 to March 9. Tuesday night's game was stopped at 12:10 of the first when Bouwmeester had a medical emergency. ... Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL was at the game as part of the NHL's celebration of Black History Month with the league's mobile museum outside the arena. Actor Jon Hamm also was at the game. ... Predators forward Nick Bonino has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in his last 11 games. ... Nashville improved to 22-6-3 when scoring first and 5-3-1 when tied after two periods.

UP NEXT

Blues: Host New Jersey on Tuesday night to open a two-game homestand.

Predators: Host Carolina on Tuesday night.

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NSH29-22-7
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STARS OF THE GAME
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R. Bortuzzo D00020/0011:000
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V. Dunn D00030/0018:290
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A. Pietrangelo D01030/0022:180
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B. Schenn C00104/4018:304
J. Schwartz LW00120/0017:051
A. Steen LW00-110/0012:371
O. Sundqvist RW00-120/4012:010
R. Thomas C00-113/3013:430
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
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N. Bonino C011211/5016:120
M. Duchene C01025/4016:001
M. Ekholm D00220/0024:460
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R. Grimaldi LW01120/0012:070
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R. Johansen C00008/1014:280
R. Josi D00-100/0024:410
C. Sissons C00015/4014:333
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J. Tinordi D00200/0018:552
K. Turris C10011/1018:440
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Y. Weber D00020/0019:230
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
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GOALIESSA
J. Binnington (L)24
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
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GOALIESSA
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Ryan O'Reilly shot on goal (Wrist shot)
STL:GoalsShots
NSH:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NSH
      17:48GOAL Kyle Turris (Wrist shot), Assists: Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • STL
      10:58GOAL Tyler Bozak (Wrist shot), Assists: Carl Gunnarsson and Alex Pietrangelo
    • NSH
      07:55GOAL Craig Smith (Wrist shot), Assists: Rocco Grimaldi and Nick Bonino
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    • 3RD PERIOD
      • STL
        18:31Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Robert Thomas
      • STL
        02:31David Perron penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NSH
        02:00Mikael Granlund penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • NSH
        19:50Austin Watson penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • STL
        19:50Zach Sanford penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • NSH
        17:47Austin Watson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
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    NSH
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    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins1531
    Penalties33
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties33
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    STL
    Shots on Goal39
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins15
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
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    NSH29-22-7
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    STARS OF THE GAME
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    0.917 %SAVE %0.974 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
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    S. Blais RW00-110/0010:552
    R. Bortuzzo D00020/0011:000
    T. Bozak RW10142/3015:090
    V. Dunn D00030/0018:290
    J. Faulk D00-130/0024:191
    C. Gunnarsson D01020/0016:251
    J. Kyrou RW00-100/0010:390
    R. O'Reilly C00015/15021:250
    C. Parayko D00-120/0024:272
    D. Perron RW00040/0218:020
    A. Pietrangelo D01030/0022:180
    Z. Sanford LW00060/0216:520
    B. Schenn C00104/4018:304
    J. Schwartz LW00120/0017:051
    A. Steen LW00-110/0012:371
    O. Sundqvist RW00-120/4012:010
    R. Thomas C00-113/3013:430
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    V. Arvidsson RW00010/0015:231
    N. Bonino C011211/5016:120
    M. Duchene C01025/4016:001
    M. Ekholm D00220/0024:460
    D. Fabbro D00000/0015:155
    F. Forsberg LW01060/0014:054
    M. Granlund RW00011/0216:540
    R. Grimaldi LW01120/0012:070
    D. Hamhuis D00-100/0014:540
    C. Jarnkrok LW00010/0015:020
    R. Johansen C00008/1014:280
    R. Josi D00-100/0024:410
    C. Sissons C00015/4014:333
    C. Smith RW10120/0011:451
    J. Tinordi D00200/0018:552
    K. Turris C10011/1018:440
    A. Watson RW00010/0410:533
    Y. Weber D00020/0019:230
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Binnington (L)242220.91758:16
    GOALIESSA
    J. Binnington (L)24
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    P. Rinne (W)391380.97460:00
    GOALIESSA
    P. Rinne (W)39
    STARS OF THE GAME
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    STL32-17-10
    0101
    NSH29-22-7
    0112
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
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    S. Blais RW00-110/0010:552
    R. Bortuzzo D00020/0011:000
    T. Bozak RW10142/3015:090
    V. Dunn D00030/0018:290
    J. Faulk D00-130/0024:191
    C. Gunnarsson D01020/0016:251
    J. Kyrou RW00-100/0010:390
    R. O'Reilly C00015/15021:250
    C. Parayko D00-120/0024:272
    D. Perron RW00040/0218:020
    A. Pietrangelo D01030/0022:180
    Z. Sanford LW00060/0216:520
    B. Schenn C00104/4018:304
    J. Schwartz LW00120/0017:051
    A. Steen LW00-110/0012:371
    O. Sundqvist RW00-120/4012:010
    R. Thomas C00-113/3013:430
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    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    V. Arvidsson RW00010/0015:231
    N. Bonino C011211/5016:120
    M. Duchene C01025/4016:001
    M. Ekholm D00220/0024:460
    D. Fabbro D00000/0015:155
    F. Forsberg LW01060/0014:054
    M. Granlund RW00011/0216:540
    R. Grimaldi LW01120/0012:070
    D. Hamhuis D00-100/0014:540
    C. Jarnkrok LW00010/0015:020
    R. Johansen C00008/1014:280
    R. Josi D00-100/0024:410
    C. Sissons C00015/4014:333
    C. Smith RW10120/0011:451
    J. Tinordi D00200/0018:552
    K. Turris C10011/1018:440
    A. Watson RW00010/0410:533
    Y. Weber D00020/0019:230
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    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
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    GOALIESSA
    J. Binnington (L)24
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
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    GOALIESSA
    P. Rinne (W)39
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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      NSH29-22-7
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      TEAM STATS
      3.78
      GF AVG
      3.41
      GA AVG
      .88
      Power Play
      3.63
      GF AVG
      3.59
      GA AVG
      .63
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.