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      Rinne backstops Predators to 6-1 win over Blues


      ST. LOUIS- Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots and the Nashville Predators broke out of a season-long scoring slump with three first-period goals on the way to a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.


      Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune and Nick Spaling scored in the opening period for Nashville, which won its third in a row.


      The Predators entered with an NHL-low 12 regulation goals in their first eight games.


      St. Louis lost its second straight after winning four in a row from Jan 24-31.


      Nashville completed a 4-2-1 road trip, tying the longest in franchise history.


      St. Louis beat the Predators 3-0 on Jan. 24, the second leg of the trip.


      Rinne improved to 3-2-3 this season. Colin Wilson had three assists for the Predators.

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