Thursday's roundup: Blues edge Predators

Associated Press

St. Louis — Paul Stastny is finally starting to fit in with the St. Louis Blues.

A free agent signing over the summer, Stastny scored on a deflection with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

St. Louis has won nine of its last 10. The lone loss was a 2-1 setback at home to Nashville on Saturday.

The Predators had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Stastny, who missed part of nine games with shoulder and knee injuries, tipped in a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to break a 3-3 tie. It was his second goal in eight games this season.

"I knew before the season it was going to take a while to get used to the guys and get used to the system," he said.

The early season injuries slowed that process.

"Sometimes you kind of go through speed bumps," he said. "Now that I'm getting near 100 percent, I'm feeling more comfortable."

Vladimir Tarasenko, T.J. Oshie and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for the Blues. Tarasenko, who added an assist, has six goals and six assists during a career-high, seven-game point streak.

Rookie goalie Jake Allen stopped 22 shots and improved to 5-1. He leads all rookies in wins.

Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists for the Predators. The rookie has scored in his last six games and has points in his last seven.

Oshie, who missed the previous seven games with a concussion, scored just 3:25 into the game. He was happy to return to the lineup but more overjoyed to see the hard-working Stastny get the game-winner.

"It was great," Oshie said. "It's good to have multiple lines scoring. It's harder to defend. It's kind of a shared thing here that we take a lot of pride in."

Gunnarsson converted on a long shot that hit the goal post and then hovered past the goal line. Play continued for 1:47 before a stoppage in play allowed officials to look at a replay.

Nashville rallied from a 2-0 hole on goals by Forsberg and Shea Weber.

The red-hot Forsberg scored on a pass from James Neal.

"All I care about is two points for the team and unfortunately we didn't get that," Forsberg said. "We had some tough luck."

The Predators tied the game 3-3 on a power-play goal by Roman Josi with 1 second left in the second period.

"It was a back-and-forth game and both teams had the momentum at times," Weber said. "They just came out with that late goal."

Forsberg had a chance to tie the game in the final minute but Allen came up with a key save.

"Once I heard that it was the last minute, I just tried to battle until the end," Allen said.

The Blues gained a measure of revenge after Saturday's loss to Nashville. St. Louis had won the previous six games with the Predators prior to that defeat.

"Any time you beat a team like that, it's a big win," Oshie said. "This was important for us."

The Predators battled back from a 2-0 deficit, but managed only six shots in the third period.

"Our guys played hard, but they didn't win the hockey game," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "It wasn't from a lack of effort. They competed and they fought."

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne fell to 10-3.

More Thursday games

Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3 (OT): Mike Hoffman scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, and the Senators snapped a three-game skid.

Hoffman sent a shot from the slot under the arm of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 2:39 into overtime to secure the win for the Senators, who wasted a 3-0 lead.

Alex Chiasson and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators (8-4-4) who are 3-1-2 in their last six outings.

Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry responded for the Oilers (6-9-2) who have lost two in a row.

(At) Montreal 5, Boston 1: Max Pacioretty had two goals, Dale Weiss scored on a penalty shot, and the Canadiens downed the rival Bruins for their fourth straight win.

Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac also scored for Montreal (12-4-1), which saw Sergei Gonchar's debut after he was acquired Tuesday in a trade with Dallas.

Dougie Hamilton scored a power-play goal for Boston (10-8-0), which lost badly for a second game in a row after a 6-1 setback in Toronto on Wednesday night. The Bruins were playing a third game in four nights.

With Tuukka Rask pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots in Toronto, Niklas Svedberg got the start for Boston and faced 34 shots. Carey Price made 21 saves for Montreal.

(At) Minnesota 6, Buffalo 3: Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump to snap a four-game skid.

The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three straight losses without him.

But the Wild regained their scoring touch early Thursday, notching four goals and 20 shots in the first period.

After Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first of the season just 1:03 in for Buffalo, the teams combined for three goals in a 17-second span midway through the period.

Colorado 4, (at) N.Y. Rangers 3 (SO): Nathan MacKinnon scored the tying goal in the third period and then connected in the shootout.

MacKinnon started the tiebreaker with a goal, and Alex Tanguay added one in the third round. Semyon Varlamov stopped Mats Zuccarello and then Lee Stempniak on the final attempt as Colorado won for the first time in three games on a four-game trip. MacKinnon got the Avalanche even at 3 when his shot during a power play deflected off defenseman Dan Girardi's stick and past Henrik Lundqvist at 7:54 for his fifth goal.

Matt Duchene had a goal and assist, and Tanguay also scored for the Avalanche, who had dropped four of five. Varlamov stopped 30 shots.

Winnipeg 3, (at) Carolina 1: Blake Wheeler scored two goals and the Jets beat the Hurricanes.

The Jets, who are in the middle of a five-game road trip, won for the fifth time in seven games and bounced back from a shutout loss in their previous game.

Carolina lost for the second time in three games since winning four straight.

Wheeler gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 5:29 of the first period to get his sixth goal of the season. Elias Lindholm scored Carolina's goal at 3:44 of the second period to tie the score at 1-1. But it didn't last as Wheeler scored on a tip in at the front of the net to push the Jets back into the lead at 13:02.

San Jose 2, (at) Tampa Bay 1: Antti Niemi made 32 saves and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks beat the Lightning.

Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Sharks, who are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip. Niemi improved to 5-0-1 against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots. The Lightning are 0-1-1 since their six-game winning streak was snapped.