Forty-two-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded 20 saves in his St. Louis Blues debut against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 4. The Predators prevailed, 4-3.
Martin Brodeur recorded 20 saves in his St. Louis Blues debut on Dec. 4.
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However, the host Nashville Predators prevailed, 4-3. In spite of the loss, Brodeur recorded 14 of his 20 saves during the first period, per NHL.com's Robby Stanley. Predators forward Mike Ribiero led the way for his team with a goal and two assists. He has tallied five points in his last three games.
With their seventh consecutive win, the Predators (17-6-2) gained a leg up on the Blues (16-8-2) in the Central Division, per Stanley.
St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game's first goal off an assist from Alex Steen at the 5:46 mark of the first period. Flip Forsberg tied the game up eight-and-a-half minutes later with a rebound shot off Ribeiro's miss. It was Forsberg's 11th goal of the 2014-15 NHL season, Stanley notes.
The Predators' got the upper hand on Eric Nystrom's goal in the waning moments of the third period. Ribeiro checked back in after he was penalized to record the assist.
He wasn't done.
Riberiod gave Nashvile a 3-1 lead just 1:25 into the second period, thanks to a James Neal assist. It was Neal's "first point in eight games," per Stanley.
Tarasenko scored his scored his second goal of the game to pull the Blues to within 3-2 3:51 into the second period. However, the Predators regained their two-goal lead at 4-2 in the third period on Colin Wilson's breakaway score. St. Louis' Jaden Schwartz would round up the scoring at the 12:32 mark of the third period.
Paul Stastny had a chance to tie things up in the game's waning moments, but Predators defensman Shea Webber denied him the opportunity, per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford.
When all was said and done, Stastny told Rutherford turnovers made the difference in the game:
"I felt pretty good. It's like anything, it was new. I got a lot of work right from the get-go, too, so that helped to get me in the game. I'd like to make that one save in the third on the breakaway and got away from me there. That could have made the difference.
"We played decent. We just turned the puck over in big fashion."
Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, inked a one-year deal with the Blues on Dec. 2. It's his first time to play for an NHL team other than the New Jersey Devils. Brodeur has a 688-394-71 record to go along with an all-time record 124 shutouts in 21 NHL seasons. St. Louis signed Brodeur in the wake of Brian Elliott's lower-body injury, per Stanley.
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