Blues top Predators 4-1 in preseason game

Saturday, September 27, 2003

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Al MacInnis, who separated his shoulder in last season's playoffs, scored on his first shot of the preseason as the St. Louis Blues beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Friday night.

Dallas Drake also scored in his preseason debut for the Blues (3-1-1). St. Louis played its last home game until Oct. 18, with four exhibition games and three regular-season games before then.

MacInnis, 40, replaced Chris Pronger as captain at the start of the preseason. He scored on a slap shot from the slot on a power play at 4:27 of the first period, and his shoulder survived a hard hit from Benjamin Simon early in the second.

Scott Hartnell spoiled Chris Osgood's shutout bid when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot on a shorthanded breakaway in the third period for Nashville (1-1-2).

The Blues scored twice in three shots against Jan Lasak in the second for a 3-0 lead. Eric Nickulas got his first goal of the preseason at 12:57 and Murray Baron scored his second on a wrist shot from the point at 14:53.

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun was whistled for high-sticking and roughing penalties in the first period. Lasak replaced him in net in the second period.

Drake, recovering from offseason knee surgery, scored from in front of the net at 34 seconds of the third.

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