ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes and his St. Louis Blues teammates were just trying to keep pace with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Backes had a goal and assist in the first period to lead the Blues to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators in the season opener for both teams.
St. Louis scored three times in the first 9:45 to jump in front 3-0 and chase Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
The early scoring came on the heels of the Cardinals' 9-1 win over Pittsburgh in the opening game of the NL Division Series.
The start of the hockey game was moved back 30 minutes to allow the fans time to make the five-block trek from Busch Stadium,
"The Cards scored nine today, we were trying to keep up," Backes said.
The baseball game was shown on the scoreboard before the Blues game, charging up the already crazed crowd.
Watching the Cardinals roll to an easy win set the tone for hockey team, which came out on a roll.
"It's exciting, everything that's going on in this city," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "It was a great day for St. Louis sports. The fans were really into it.
"I'm just glad we were able to put on a good show."
Pietrangelo had two first-period assists to pace the early scoring.
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves for the Blues and improved to 9-3-3 against the Predators.
Backes, Vladimir Sobotka, T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen scored for St. Louis, which was 2 of 4 on the power play.
St. Louis has won four of its past five home openers.
Nashville, which missed the playoffs last season, is 7-7-1 in season openers.
The Blues came out aggressively, scoring three times on their first six shots.
"The first 10 minutes were ideal," Backes said. "This was a result we can love. It's just a first step, but we had a lot of guys contribute on the score sheet and off the score sheet.
"It all adds up to a pretty good team victory."
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