STL-NASH: Blues Fall to Predators Late in Overtime

Michael WagenknechtContributor IFebruary 22, 2009

The St. Louis Blues were looking to close the gap between them and eighth place in the Western Conference by beating the Nashville Predators twice in a row.

Unfortunately for them, the Predators are also trying to get that eighth and final playoff spot.

In the end, we received another overtime game and another thrilling finish.

Pekka Rinne and Chris Mason did not let a shot past them in 60 minutes of play, and it took a flimsy shot by Shea Weber to actually end the game in overtime. The Blues peppered Rinne with 30 shots and out-chanced the Predators ten-to-five.

On the other hand, the Blues defense held Nashville to 22 shots and outplayed them throughout the entire game. TJ Oshie alone drew two penalties and gave the Blues plenty of chances to tally a goal and give a sellout crowd what they wanted.

However, it was not meant to be, and with 2:36 left in overtime, the Predators broke out on what started as a normal rush.

Blues D-Man Roman Polak blocked a centering pass, but didn't get his full stick on it and the puck flipped to Shea Weber. Weber flicked his stick out and redirected the puck on goal and Mason made the arm save.

But the puck would not be denied, and it slipped between Mason's arm and body and rolled right into the net, giving Nashville the victory.

The Blues did manage to pick up one point for going to overtime, and remain five points behind eighth with 23 games left to play. But the extra point gained by Nashville keeps them one point ahead of St. Louis.

The Blues play next on Tuesday against Phoenix, while Nashville also plays Tuesday against Chicago.