The St. Louis Blues managed to get two more shots on goal than Nashville (16-14) in the first period Saturday, but the Predators led 2-0.

At one point the Blues had 11 shots to the Predators' 3. St. Louis finished the game 43 shots and Nashville had 37.

"There was a lot of scoring chances during this game and not too many goals," said Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who stopped 42 shots. "(Blues goalie Jaroslav) Halak played really well. We just have to be happy to win a game like this."

Rinne said he enjoys having a lot of shots come his way.

"It was a party," Rinne said. "It's always fun. It keeps you in the game. Who knows, though? The next game I might get 15 to 20 shots, and you have to be ready for that, too."

Rinne's performance gave Coach Barry Trotz the opportunity to express again why he thinks Rinne is the best goalie in the NHL.

"I keep saying he's the best one, and he proved it again tonight," Trotz said. "Peks is not only incredibly athletic, he's so competitive. Even in practice he doesn't want to get scored on, and that's how he's wired. He never quits on a play, or quits on a puck and he can contort with his athletic ability to so some incredible things."