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Blue Slip Past Predators in Shootout
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Andy McDonald scored nine seconds into the game and in the fifth round of the shootout to send the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Wednesday night.

After losing five straight, the Blues have won three in a row, while the Predators have dropped their past two.

In the tiebreaker, none of the shooters scored in the first four rounds.

In the fifth round, McDonald slipped a backhand through the pads of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. Sergei Kostitsyn was Nashville's fifth shooter, but his wrist shot hit the post next to Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak giving the Blues the win.

McDonald scored nine seconds after the opening faceoff with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Rinne high to the glove side. The team record for the fastest goal to open a game is 8 seconds set by Greg Paslawski on Oct. 29, 1985 at Washington and matched by Alex Steen against Colorado on March 16, 2010.

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