Predators capture Blues


ST. LOUIS – Chris Mason made 27 saves for his third career shutout and the Nashville Predators beat St. Louis 2-0 to complete a season sweep of the Blues and reach 100 points for the first time in franchise history.

Mason, playing his first game since the Predators announced that starter Thomas Vokoun would miss the rest of the season because of a blood condition, shut out the Blues for the second time in five days at the Savvis Center.

Mike Sillinger and Adam Hall scored for Nashville, 8-0 against St. Louis this season.

Sillinger, traded from the Blues to Nashville on Jan. 29, opened the scoring at 12:15 of the third period when he got the rebound of his own shot from the left circle that took an awkward bounce off the boards. When the puck bounced out front, Sillinger shoved it past Blues goalie Jason Bacashihua for his career-high 29th goal. His previous high was 21 in 1997-98.

Hall added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left.

Bacashihua made 27 saves for the Blues, who lost for the 14th time in their last 15 games.

Neither team generated much offense in the first two periods. Nashville’s David Legwand came the closest to scoring when he hit the left post with a wrist shot 3:14 into the second period. The puck bounced out and hit Bacashihua, and he was able to cover the rebound.

St. Louis’ best chance came at 12:45 of the second period when Scott Young broke in alone down the right wing, but his wrist shot was turned aside by Mason.

Notes: The Blues went 0-for-5 on the power play and are 0-for-31 with the man advantage in their last five home games. … Nashville is 22-8-1 vs. the Central Division. … St. Louis has scored more than two goals once in its last 15 games.

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