Rich Clune scored the first goal of his career and two others added their first of the season as the Nashville Predators concluded a seven-game road trip with a 6-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
The trip began Jan. 22 at Minnesota and matched the longest in franchise history. The Predators went 4-2-1 along the way and finished with three straight victories, although the one over the Blues was unlike any of the others.
Nashville had four goals in the previous five games but needed less than half of the contest to get that many in this one. The last time it scored six goals was the final game of the 2011-12 regular season, a 6-1 victory over Colorado.
Clune, claimed off waivers from Los Angeles just before the start of the season, made it 2-0 at 15:53 of the first period. It was the 22nd NHL game for the 25-year-old tough guy who leads the team with 19 penalty minutes.
Kevin Klein and Gabriel Bourque, neither of whom had a goal through the first seven contests, each scored in the second as the lead grew to five goals. The Blues pulled starting goalie Brian Elliott after Klein made it 4-0 at 9:09 of the period, and Bourque added his against replacement Jake Allen, who made his NHL debut.
Martin Erat, who missed the previous game with an injury, capped the scoring in the third period and finished with three points (one goal, two assists). Colin Wilson added three assists.
The Blues outshot the Predators 32-19, but Pekka Rinne made 31 saves (10 on five power plays) and improved to 3-2-3 on the season.
Nashville plays its first home game since Jan. 21 when it hosts Los Angeles on Thursday.