The Nashville Predators ended their five-game losing streak with their first overtime victory of the season, a 3-2 shootout triumph over the Blues on Thursday at St. Louis.
Marcel Goc ended the shootout after four rounds when he converted a forehand shot. Both teams got goals from their first shooters before goalie Pekka Rinne stopped three straight by the Blues.
Nashville was 0-3 in 2010-11 in games that extended beyond regulation. All of those contests ended during the four-on-four overtime period.
All-time the Predators are 30-22 in shootouts, including 6-2 against the Blues. They have won gone to shootouts more often against the Blues and have won more often than against any other opponent.
Nashville never led but answered each time St. Louis took a one-goal lead.
J.P. Dumont tied it 2-2 and forced overtime when he scored with 6:52 to play in regulation. The 32-year-old forward had a point in each of the first four games but just one (an assist) in the next nine contests.
Cal O’Reilly extended his current point streak to five games when he tied it 1-1at 13:44 of the second period. He has six points (two goals, four assists) over that stretch.
O’Reilly also converted in the shootout. The Predators’ next two shooters, Steve Sullivan and David Legwand failed on their attempts.
Rinne made 21 saves and snapped a personal four-game losing streak as Nashville outshot St. Louis 26-23.