Preds continue domination over Blues with shutout win

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Paul Kariya likes when the St. Louis Blues show
up on the schedule for Nashville.

"For whatever reason, you have success against them one year
and we'll take the victories we've had against them this year,"
Kariya said.

Kariya scored his 28th goal and rookie Shea Weber got his first
in the Predators seventh victory over the Blues this season, a 3-0
win Thursday night.

The Predators are perfect against the Blues with one game
remaining between the Central Division foes.

Nashville has lost six of its last eight games with the two wins
coming against the Blues.

The Blues have lost a franchise-record 12 straight games, and
were shutout for the fifth time this season. Earlier this season,
the Blues lost 11 in a row from Oct. 20 to Nov. 12, a streak that
started and ended with road losses to Nashville.

"It's frustrating but we've put ourselves in this mess," St.
Louis forward Keith Tkachuk said. "We know the situation we're in.
We're not going to lay over. We've got to keep going. We've got to
find a way out of this hole."

Nashville goalie Chris Mason recorded his first shutout of the
season and second of his career. Mason turned aside 18 shots.

All of Nashville's goals came on the power play.

"We got a real good work ethic going, established a good
forecheck, played solid through the neutral zone and obviously
special teams were really good for us on both ends," Nashville
coach Barry Trotz said. "I just thought we managed the puck all
night pretty well."

Nashville's Kimmo Timonen, who also had an assist, scored his
11th goal of the season at 8:10 of the first period. The Predators
dominated action by outshooting the Blues 12-4 in the first period.

The Predators made it 2-0 in the second period when Weber scored
at the 15:04 mark. Yanic Perreault, who had three assists, fed
Weber, who blasted a slap shot from just inside the left circle.
The goal came in Weber's 23rd game.

"It's huge. As a kid you always dream of getting a goal in the
NHL," Weber said. "In the situation we're in right now, it was a
pretty big one for us and hopefully we can keep on rolling heading
into the playoffs."

Kariya scored at 5:36 of the third period, putting back his own
rebound from the right of the goal after St. Louis goalie Reinhard
Divis blocked his first attempt.

Nashville had seven power-play attempts.

"We gave them too many chances on the power play, that's for
sure," Divis said. "That hurt us."

The Blues, who had four power-play opportunities, are 0-for-18
with the man advantage in their last three games.

"This wasn't one of our better efforts," St. Louis coach Mike
Kitchen said. "We try to win every game and we'll keep trying."

Game Notes
Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun (36-18-7) was scratched
for the third game with a sore back. ... St. Louis assigned
goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu to its American Hockey League
affiliate, the Peoria (Ill.) Rivermen and actived goalie Jason
Bacashihua off the injured reserve list. ... The Blues are 0-30-5
when trailing after two periods while Nashville is 27-1-4 when
leading after two periods. ... In addition to the 12- and 11-game
losing streaks, this season the Blues also have had a nine-game
losing streak.