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Nashville,  TN  (SportsNetwork.com) - Last  week's acquisitions of Ryan Miller 
and Steve Ott continue to pay immediate dividends for the St. Louis Blues. 

Miller  turned  aside 20-of-21 shots  to remain  unbeaten in a Blues' uniform, 
while  Ott assisted  on one of two  St. Louis goals in the club's 2-1 decision 
over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. 

Magnus  Paajarvi recorded  the game-winning  score  with 8:18  elapsed in  the 
second  period,  with Ian  Cole registering a  goal and an  assist to help the 
Blues  remain two points ahead of rival Chicago for first place in the Central 

St.  Louis is 3-0-0  since Miller and Ott joined the team two days after being 
acquired from the Buffalo Sabres last Friday. 

Nashville's  Pekka Rinne stopped 20-of-22 chances in his second game back from 
a  hip injury,  but the  Predators mustered  only Nick  Spaling's first-period 
score in falling to 1-4-2 over their last seven games. 

Paajarvi sent the Blues in front with an impressive individual effort near the 
midway mark of the second period. Receiving the puck in his own end, the young 
Swede  blew past  a defender  on a  rush  up the  right side  prior to  firing 
a wrister through Rinne's pads that snapped a 1-1 deadlock. 

Rinne  kept  it a one-goal game  by stoning Alex  Steen on a penalty shot with 
4:33  to go in  the second, but Nashville got off just five shots in the final 
frame as Miller made the lead hold up. 

Roman  Josi had  the Predators'  best scoring  chance of  the third  period, a 
close-range  attempt  that Miller  blocked with the  teams skating 4-on-4 with 
around seven minutes left. 

Cole's successful riser off Ott's faceoff win in the Nashville zone staked St. 
Louis  to a 1-0  edge just 4:03 in. The Blues mustered only one more shot over 
the  remainder of the first period, however, and the Predators drew even later 
in the frame. 

Operating  from  the right  corner of  the St.  Louis zone, Nashville's Patric 
Hornqvist  sent a  centering feed that Spaling successfully tipped past Miller 
while crashing the net with 10:28 elapsed in the game. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Blues  posted their  fifth straight victory  over the Predators, matching 
their  longest win  streak in the series  originally set from Dec. 30, 2001 to 
Oct.  30, 2002. St.  Louis has also prevailed in five consecutive trips to the 
Music City ... The Blues improved to 16-0-1 against Central Division opponents 
... Nashville captain Mike Fisher extended his point streak to five games with 
an  assist on Spaling's  tally ... Rinne has now held the Blues to three goals 
or less in 26 straight matchups against them. 

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