A fight between Ryan Reaves and Zach Stortini halfway through the first period has set the tone for this chippy challenge between the Blues and Predators. The score remained tied one-all by virtue of some outstanding saves by Pekka Rinne and some shaky powerplay time by the Blues.
Patrik Berglund scored the first goal of the game at 7:44 of the first period with some evidence that he and TJ Oshie still have some magic left over from last season. A pass from Berglund to Oshie was carried in the direction of behind the net until Oshie unexpectedly passed it back to Berglund, who wristed past Rinne.
Nashville tied the game on a goal from Craig Smith. Shea Weber’s slapshot was saved by Jaroslav Halak, but the rebound wasn’t fully in his control when Smith slipped the puck under Halak’s outstretched arm.
The Blues have had four powerplay opportunities tonight and have whiffed so far on all four. The PP looks hurried, with the unit not taking time to set up shots and passing so much that numerous turnovers are caused in a matter of seconds. Thankfully they’re getting the puck back quickly, but if it doesn’t wind up in the back of the net, what’s the use?