Blues nail down big win in showdown with Predators

Highlights from National Hockey League games on Sunday: - - Blues 4, Predators 1 David Perron scored a goal and had two assists and Jake Allen made 35 saves for St. Louis. After a mid-season slump, Allen has rebounded to 9-1-2 with two shutouts and 16 goals allowed his past 12 starts.

While the surging St. Louis Blues are already in the playoffs, their goal with four games remaining is to keep piling up points and finishing with a flourish.

The Nashville Predators fell 4-1 Sunday in St. Louis and may have said goodbye to third place in the process. "I wasn't surprised by the effort", explained Pietrangelo. I thought emotionally we were really invested.

"We all know the standings and the situation; that's a good chance that's a team we could be playing in the first round", Minnesota veteran Zach Parise said. Just after the power play ended, Stalock came out to the edge of the crease to smother a shot from Calle Jarnkrok.

Allen made a save on Craig Smith with 2:47 remaining in the second period that preserved a 3-1 lead.

ST. LOUIS KEY TRENDS: The Blues have won 11 of their last 14 games overall and are 4-1 in their last five home games.

"We got through that first 10 insane minutes there with not much harm done and that carried the momentum for us", Allen said. "I don't really have the answer for it, but that goes to show you that we have a lot of work to do".

Ten seconds after Forsberg's goal, Kevin Fiala scored following a horrendous turnover from winger Nino Niederreiter, coupled with a discombobulated play from defensemen Jonas Brodin and Christian Folin in front of Stalock.

Alexander Steen put the Blues ahead 2-1 on his 15th goal of the season, sliding a shot past Saros after Perron slid him a pass from behind the net, for a 2-1 lead. As a matter of fact, they're fighting for playoff positioning against the Nashville Predators this afternoon at 3. Mikael Granlund was a few feet from the net, shooting at an empty net, when Rinne reached back and got enough of his glove on the puck to deflect it off the post behind him.

"We wanted to get into the playoffs, that was goal No. 1, and we're there now and it's something we should be pleased about", St. Louis coach Mike Yeo told reporters. He took a feed from Jaden Schwartz on the left side, then beat Saros from an extremely tough angle.

Allen kept the Blues' lead at two late in the second period when he turned away Colin Wilson on a breakaway with a pad save.

Vladimir Tarasenko gave Blues fans something to cheer about 5:22 into the game. We did a really good job of getting into the game.

Nashville had a two-man advantage midway through the period when Edmundson (tripping) and Perron (slashing) went off at the same time.

NOTES: Predators LW James Neal and D Yannick Weber are day-to-day with upper-body injuries. Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm replaced Robert Bortuzzo, who sustained an upper-body injury Friday against the Colorado Avalanche. Steen moved into ninth place on the Blues' all-time scoring list with 162 goals.

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