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Halak's Shutout Lifts Blues Over Predators
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for his fourth shutout and David Backes provided the only offense by scoring twice to help the St. Louis Blues beat the slumping Nashville Predators 2-0 on Sunday night.

The win extended the Blues' winning streak to three games. Halak, who came to St. Louis in an off-season trade with Montreal, has been in goal for all three of those contests. Sunday's shutout was the 13th of his career.

Pekka Rinne stopped 24 shots for Nashville, which has lost four straight. The Predators have scored just three goals in those four contests.

The Blues did not give the Predators any help, as St. Louis was not called for a penalty for the first time in a game since April 1, 2004 against Detroit.

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