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Recap: Predators , Blues
Date: December 29, 2009 8:00 PM EDT
  

ST. LOUIS (AP) -The Predators scored four goals in a row, and turned out to need every one.

Shea Weber assisted on three of the goals and the Predators held off the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Tuesday night.

``You knew they were going to have a big push because we were outskating them, they took some poor penalties and some really aggressive penalties and we capitalized on them,' Predators coach Barry Trotz said. ``I'm sure they got scolded a little bit and they have a lot of pride. They're-well coached and they have a lot of good players over there that really bear down and tried to get back in the game.'

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Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist, Joel Ward and J.P. Dumont all scored for the Predators, who are 24-6-3 against St. Louis since 2005-06.

The Blues, who got a goal and an assist from Alex Steen and goals from Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy McDonald, own the league's worst home record at 6-13-2. They've lost seven of their last eight at home.

Pekka Rinne stopped 24 shots for the Predators.

``They kept coming and coming you know you have to give credit to those guys,' Rinne said. ``They played hard, they battled hard to the end, but I think we managed the game really well even though we were under the pressure. Our guys did a great job.'

Colaiacovo gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 1:29 into the game, before Goc tied it at 5:04 of the first. Hornqvist made it 2-1 at 12:43.

The Blues were hit with three penalties totaling eight minutes in a span of 1:45 early in the second period and Ward made them pay with a 5-on-3 goal at 4:09.

``It's definitely tough to get momentum killing penalties,' said Blues goalie and former Predator Chris Mason. ``The first two periods, we could have been a lot better.'

Dumont made it 4-1 5:16 into the third after blowing past defenseman Darryl Sydor along the right side and sneaking a shot inside the near post past goalie Chris Mason, who stopped 26 shots.

The Blues made a charge with Steen's score at 9:08 of the third and McDonald got a power-play goal at 12:30.

``It was intense,' Weber said. ``There were body checks, guys sticking up for each other, a good flow both ways. They came back, we had the momentum early. They got it back in the third period and made it close.'

NOTES: Steen has three goals in two games and nine points in the last six games. ... Blues D Erik Johnson, the top overall pick of the 2006 draft, was a healthy scratch. ... Blues LW Paul Kariya missed the game with an upper-body injury. Kariya took an elbow to the head in the first period during Sunday's 5-3 loss to Buffalo. ... Predators RW Martin Erat has 10 goals in 13 games after beginning the season with four in 24 games. ... Nashville C Jason Arnott has 17 points in 20 games.

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