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Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O'Brien (L) blocks a shot whille St.Louis forward Alex Steen waits for a rebound in the third peroid at Scottrade Center in St. Louis Missouri on December 26,2010. (UPI/Rob Cornforth)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaroslav Halak was in his element Sunday, blanking Nashville.

The St. Louis Blues goalie made a name for himself last spring by turning away a ton of shots while tending goal for the Montreal Canadians in the playoffs. Now a member of the Blues after an off-season trade, Halak made 32 saves Sunday for his fourth shutout as St. Louis topped the slumping Nashville Predators 2-0.

“Obviously, I like these kind of games,” Halak said. “I think everyone likes more shots than few shots.”

David Backes provided the offense for Halak as he scored both goals for the Blues.

The win extended the Blues’ winning streak to three games. Halak has been in goal for all three of those contests. Sunday’s shutout was the 13th of his career.

Blues coach Davis Payne said that Halak’s biggest strength is his efficiency.

“It’s a key for him and playing the way he does,” Payne said. “He’s always in position for that secondary save if necessary.”

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne was nearly equal to Halak. He stopped 24 shots for Nashville, which has lost four straight. The Predators have scored just three goals in those four contests.

(Copyright: The Associated Press)


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