Halak leads Blues to 3-0 win over Predators

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrik Berglund figures Jan. 24 must be his lucky day.

Berglund scored on a penalty shot on that date for the second year in a row and goalie Jaroslav Halak bounced back from a poor game to lead the St. Louis Blues over the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Thursday night.

Berglund, who is 2 for 3 in his career on regulation penalty shots, also converted on Jan. 24 last season in a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

"Maybe that's the only day I can score," he joked. "Hopefully, it comes up more often."

The Blues have won three of four this season, including a 4-3 shootout win in Nashville on Monday.

Vladimir Tarasenko and T.J. Oshie also scored for St. Louis, which has at least one point in 11 of its last 13 meetings with Central Division rival Nashville.

The Predators lost for the first time in regulation this season. They began the campaign with shootout losses to Columbus and St. Louis.

Berglund was hauled down by Mike Fisher midway through the second period. Berglund faked a backhand, switched to his forehand and wristed a shot past goalie Pekka Rinne.

The goal, Berglund's second of the season, gave the Blues a 2-0 lead.

Berglund went into the breakaway without a true game plan, which he said contributed to his success.

"I had been thinking a whole lot about what I was going to do and I never scored on them," he said. "I just went in there, faked once and shot on the forehand."

Fisher, who was in the penalty box when the Blues scored their first goal, did not think his actions warranted a penalty shot.

"I got a piece of the puck. I don't think I got enough of him," Fisher said. "That's a tough call for the ref to make. That was a big goal for sure."

Halak, who made 13 saves, was pulled three days earlier after allowing three goals on 11 shots in Nashville. He rebounded to record his second shutout of the season and the 24th of his career. He made 14 saves in a 6-0 win over Detroit last Saturday.

Halak was not available for comment after the game, but his teammates were more than happy to sing his praises.