Blues Lose on Back-to-Back Nights
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators over the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Thursday night.
James Neal also scored and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Nashville, which has won two straight.
Jaden Schwartz had the lone goal and Carter Hutton made 25 saves for the Blues.
From the right corner, Vladimir Tarasenko found Schwartz in the lower part of the right faceoff circle, where he beat Rinne on the short side with a wrist shot just inside the post.
Nashville drew even at 18:26 of the second on Jarnkrok’s second goal of the season.
In the right corner, Colin Wilson’s spinning backhand pass glanced off the skate of Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and landed on Jarnkrok’s stick in the slot. Jarnkrok double-clutched and then beat Hutton high to the glove side.
Hutton spent the last three years as Rinne’s backup in Nashville before signing with the Blues in the offseason.
Neal gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 3:44 of the third.
Jarnkrok scored his second of the game 1:06 later with another wrist shot from the slot. It was the Swede’s third career two-goal game.