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Predators close on Central lead with win over Blues

Predators beat Blues 3-2 to close within a point of Central Division lead

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) celebrates his goal with center Olli Jokinen (13), against the St. Louis Blues during the first period T...
St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) spins around the hit of Nashville Predators left wing Eric Nystrom (24) as he loses the puck during the...
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) scores a short-handed goal past St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) in the third period of an NHL h...

Blues Predators Hockey

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) celebrates his goal with center Olli Jokinen (13), against the St. Louis Blues during the first period T...

Blues Predators Hockey

St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) spins around the hit of Nashville Predators left wing Eric Nystrom (24) as he loses the puck during the...

Blues Predators Hockey

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) scores a short-handed goal past St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) in the third period of an NHL h...

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Nashville's Shea Weber scored twice to lead the Predators to a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Tuesday, closing within a point of the NHL Central Division lead.

In another key result, Montreal won after a shootout at Florida to go to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Nashville's Weber scored a short-handed goal 9:02 into the third period gave the hosts a 3-2 lead. His first-period tally made it 1-0. He hadn't scored in the previous 16 games.

Gabriel Bourque added a goal for the Predators.

Chris Butler and T.J. Oshie scored for St. Louis, which lost its fifth game in six despite the return of No. 1 goalie Brian Elliott after 14 games out injured.

Montreal won 2-1 at Florida, with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scoring the only goal in the shootout off the glove of the goalie.

The Canadiens have won seven of their past eight games -- and are 5-1 in shootouts -- to move level on points with Tampa Bay in the East, but with a game in hand.

Brendan Gallagher scored in regulation for Montreal while Nick Bjugstad netted for the Panthers.

Vancouver won 3-1 at San Jose, beating the Sharks for the seventh-straight time in the clash of Pacific Division rivals.

Edmonton's David Perron netted the shootout winner to give the Oilers a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles, snapping a run of nine successive defeats for the league's bottom team.


Updated : 2021-05-09 22:46 GMT+08:00