St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Elliott made 33 saves and came up with three key stops in the shootout to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Nashville Predators, 5-4, on Thursday.
On his 26th birthday, Kevin Shattenkirk scored the decisive goal in the shootout and added an assist in regulation. Jaden Schwartz, T.J. Oshie, Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves all tallied goals for the Blues in their third straight win.
Mike Fisher scored twice for the Predators, who have lost three of their last four games. Filip Forsberg and James Neal also scored for Nashville, but Neal could not convert in the shootout to extend the game.
Carter Hutton allowed four goals on 35 shots.
In a five-minute span during the second period, the Blues turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Schwartz poked a rebound past Hutton for the first St. Louis marker, and Oshie tied the game four minutes later when he ripped a loose puck in the slot into the net.
Not even 30 seconds after Oshie's goal, Ott gave the Blues their first lead of the game. Hutton made the initial save in transition, but Ott joined the play late and hammered the rebound home.
St. Louis had a chance to add to its lead on a power play soon after Ott's goal, but it was Nashville scoring short-handed. From the goal line, Fisher quickly switched from his forehand to his backhand to protect the puck and beat Elliott.
With less than two minutes remaining in the second period, Reaves helped create a neutral zone turnover. Dmitrij Jaskin left the puck for Reaves, and he skated into the zone and fired a shot past Hutton to give the Blues a 4-3 lead heading into the final period.
"That was probably the hardest shot I've ever taken," said Reaves.
Before they even had to pull the goalie, the Predators were able to tie the game with 2 1/2 minutes to go. They cycled the puck low in the zone before Neal's one-timer from the circle provided the equalizer.
"It's a good confidence builder (getting that late goal)," Predators defenseman Shea Weber said.
The Blues had two great chances to end the game in overtime, but Hutton was able to just slide into position to keep Nashville in the game.
After Shattenkirk's goal in the fourth round of the shootout, Neal lost control of the puck skating toward Elliott to end the game.
Fisher was credited with a power play goal thanks to a fortunate carom. Roman Josi's shot from the blue line was redirected to the glass off Fisher's stick. The puck took a hard carom off the glass and off Elliott's back over the goal line.
Forsberg cashed in on a rebound 5 1/2 minutes into the second period. Craig Smith's shot from the slot bounced off Forsberg's skate, and he quickly recovered to lift the puck by Elliott for the 2-0 Predators lead.
Nashville won three games in the now-completed season series ... Forsberg finished with eight points in five games against the Blues ... St. Louis forward Marcel Goc made his Blues debut following Tuesday's trade from Pittsburgh ... Oshie has scored goals in three consecutive games ... Blues forward David Backes has 15 points in an eight-game point streak ... Blues forward Alexander Steen lost his 10-game point streak.