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Schenn, Barbashev score twice in Blues' 5-3 win over Preds

Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev each had two goals and two assists as the St. Louis Blues came from behind to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Monday night.

Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and two assists in the first meeting between the teams since they played back-to-back games in February 2020. St. Louis' victory left the clubs tied for second place in the Central Division with 51 points apiece.

Ville Husso made 32 saves for the Blues. He has won his past eight home decisions, last losing at Enterprise Center on April 5, 2021, against Vegas.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso (35) deflects a shot on goal by Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen (92) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Yakov Trenin, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen scored for Nashville, and Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Saros was pulled for an extra skater with 2:16 remaining.

Schenn gave St. Louis its first lead when he scored 59 seconds into the second period to break a 2-all tie.

Barbashev’s second goal of the game and team-leading 15th of the season 5:19 into the second put St. Louis up 4-2.

St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) looks to pass the puck while under pressure from Nashville Predators' Matt Benning (5) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Trenin scored his 10th goal with 8:27 remaining to cut it to 4-3, but Schenn scored again at 17:25.

Johansen scored his 11th of the season on a one-timer from Matt Duchene 4:05 into the game to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.

Forsberg skated in and pushed the puck past Husso from point-blank range with 4:10 remaining in the first period for his team-leading 19th goal to put Nashville on top 2-0.

St. Louis Blues' Ivan Barbashev, left, is congratulated by teammate Justin Faulk (72) after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Barbashev answered 19 seconds later by deflecting a centering feed from Schenn to trim the deficit to 2-1.

O’Reilly tied it 2-all with his ninth goal and fourth in his last four games on a power play with 2:13 left in the first.

PRONGER IMMORTALIZED

Nashville Predators' Matt Duchene (95) controls the puck while under pressure from St. Louis Blues' Ivan Barbashev (49) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Prior to the game the Blues retired Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger’s #44 sweater. Pronger was acquired from Hartford for LW Brendan Shanahan in 1995 and played in 598 games with the club through 2004. He became the second player in NHL history to win the Hart and Norris trophies in the same season in 1999-2000 when the Blues also won the Presidents’ Trophy, but never played in the Stanley Cup Final until after leaving St. Louis.

“We had a number of good teams when I was here,” Pronger said. “We just weren’t able to get over the hump, and playing against a couple dynasties in Detroit, Dallas and Colorado.”

Pronger most recently worked as the Florida Panthers’ assistant general manager before leaving hockey to start a travel business with his wife.

St. Louis Blues' Colton Parayko (55) clears the puck ahead of Nashville Predators' Mikael Granlund (64) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

ROSTER SHUFFLE

Blues forwards David Perron, Schenn, and Vladimir Tarasenko along with defenseman Colton Parayko all returned to the lineup after being on the COVID-19 list. Forward Pavel Buchnevich remains in protocols for the Blues and defenseman Mattias Elkholm remains on the COVID-19 list for Nashville.

UP NEXT

Members of the Nashville Predators celebrate after a goal was scored by teammate Yakov Trenin during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Predators: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night to open a three-game homestand.

Blues: At the Seattle Kraken on Friday night to open a three game road-trip.

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St. Louis Blues' Brandon Saad (20) controls the puck while under pressure from Nashville Predators' Matt Benning (5) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)