By Amanda DiPaolo
It couldn’t last forever. At some point in the season, the Nashville Predators would lose a game in regulation. It took nine games into the season for it to happen but Nashville lost 3-0 to the St. Louis Blues in front of 15 506 fans at Bridgestone Arena.
The Blues, now 5-1-2, visited Nashville for the second time this season. St. Louis’ one regulation loss came at the hands of the Predators exactly two weeks ago and the Blues returned the favor with Halak’s second consecutive shutout of the season. The win for the Blues was the first time in six games that St. Louis was able to get past Nashville.
The game was scoreless through one and halfway through the second until Alex Steen scored his first goal of the season, shorthanded, at 12:56 of the middle frame. It was a one-goal game going into the third period. St. Louis extended their lead at 12:48 of the second third period on a goal by Patrik Berglund. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Controversy struck moments later when at 13:11 of the third period, Jordin Tootoo was assessed a five minute major and and a game misconduct for charging Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. The Blues scored their third goal on the power play. Matt D’Agostini scored from David Backes and T.J. Oshie.
“My understanding is that it was a blow to the head but if you look at the replay, it looks like shoulder-on-shoulder,” Tootoo said, adding, “It’s a tough league that we play in. You’ve got to keep your head up out there and I think the bottom line is that when you hit someone hard, obviously the refs are going to take a second look at it.”
Tootoo says he knows he was on his feet didn’t leave the ice when he made contact with Colaiacovo and that the call from the referees left him speechless.
Head coach Barry Trotz said he took another look at the hit. “Jordin didn’t move his feet at all from the top of the circles in. The big emphasis is on shots to the head and I saw a shoulder-to-shoulder check. To me, he didn’t leave his feet, so I’m a little confused on that.”
Now Nashville takes to the road. The Predators meet the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday and will continue on with games in Phoenix, Los Angeles and will face St. Louis for a third time this season before returning home to play the Chicago Blackhawks on November 13th in Nashville.
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