A town popularly known as Music City was Perspective City for the visiting Blues on Monday. After all, a 6-0 victory at home over Detroit on Saturday was a lot to get your head around. Bridgestone Arena has been a more sobering environment for the Note in recent times, and it was again Monday. But with a late goal by Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues rallied to a 3-3 regulation tie, then beat the Predators 4-3 in a shootout. T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen scored in the shootout, while relief goaltender Brian Elliott stopped both Nashville attempts. It don't come easy in Nashville, you know it don't come easy … but it came just the same. Two games into the new season, the 2013 Blues still have a chance to have the first undefeated season in franchise history. How's that for perspective? "This is a really tough building" for the visiting team, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It's a very intimidating building to play in. It seems like the people are right on top of you and they play hard here. Nasvhille played really hard tonight." But the Blues played hard longer and head into opening night in Chicago happy, if weary. The high-flying Blackhawks are 2-0 with 11 goals in two games. Hitchcock has now gone 20 games without coaching a regulation win in Nashville. The only addendums are two shootout wins over the past two seasons. The Blues were 1-1-1 in Nashville last season. Sure enough, the Preds let the Blues know things would be difficult midway through the first period Monday. Defenseman Pietrangelo tried to step into a Predator and missed, creating a two-on-one break. Patrik Hornqvist slid a pass to Colin Wilson, and he beat Jaroslav Halak with a wrist shot to snap the Blues' season-opening shoutout streak at 69 minutes, 10 seconds and give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Blues rally to go 2-0
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jan 22