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(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues seek to post their longest winning streak in 12 years on Saturday night as they play host to the Nashville Predators. The Blues took the opener of a five-game homestand 4-3 over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, completing a home-and-home sweep to push their overall winning streak to seven in a row. Jake Allen came into the contest having posted back-to-back shutouts -- 2-0 versus Anaheim on Oct. 30 and a 26-save effort in New Jersey on Tuesday -- and kept the Devils off the scoreboard until finally letting one in with 3:25 to play. That snapped Allens shutout streak at a franchise rookie-record 184 minutes and 38 seconds, though he ended up allowing three goals and making 24 saves. They really pushed us hard. We pushed hard back in the third, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist each, with Tarasenko lighting the lamp for a fourth game in a row and for the eight time in his past six games. Alexander Steen and David Backes added power-play markers for the hosts. The Blues also won seven straight games last season, but have not won eight in a row since a nine-game run from Oct. 15-Nov. 5, 2002. Despite Allens recent success, Hitchcock will go back to starter Brian Elliott tonight. That isnt a terrible choice as Elliott is 5-2-0 with a 1.81 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in seven prior meetings, including six starts. St. Louis has won six in a row and 10 of its last 11 versus Nashville, which is wrapping a six-game road trip tonight. The Preds will go at least .500 on the swing as Thursdays win over Dallas pushed them to 3-2-0 during the trek. Matt Cullen scored the game-winner with 6:13 to play in regulation for a 3-2 decision. Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg added power-play goals, while Mattias Ekholm and Derek Roy had two assists each. Forsberg has a goal in three straight games, with four tallies in total over that span. Pekka Rinne turned aside 33 shots in the win. He made some big saves, said Preds coach Peter Laviolette. They came out charging and he made some real big saves. With Nashville idle until Tuesday following this contest, Laviolette may stick without his workhorse in Rinne tonight. The netminder is 13-11-4 with a 2.09 GAA and .927 save percentage in 28 lifetime meetings with the Blues. Eli Manning Jersey . -- C.J. Wilson parked his car and laughed while signing autographs for faceless fans who handed bats, balls and cards to the pitcher from the other side of a brick wall. Deandre Baker Jersey . Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, president of the EOM (Municipal Olympic Company), will be leaving her post but will remain as an advisor, a city hall statement said Tuesday. http://www.giantsrookiestore.com/Giants-...or-Jersey/ . Notes on P.K. Subban, Dale Weise, Erik Haula, Mikael Granlund, Ilya Bryzgalov and more. Michael Strahan Giants Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Lawrence Taylor Giants Jersey . The Opening Day starter played 53 games this season hitting .192 with nine home runs and 25 RBI. Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to start Jose Iglesias at third base as of late instead of Middlebrooks.Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis had 28 points, 10 assists and four steals and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings 108-104 in overtime on Tuesday night. Tyson Chandler posted 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo added 21 points, seven helpers and four swipes for Dallas, which snapped a brief two- game losing streak on the heels of a six-game winning stretch. We showed a lot of resilience down the stretch, Chandler said. DeMarcus Cousins was an assist shy of a triple-double, tallying 32 points, 16 boards and nine helpers before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Darren Collison provided 18 points and seven boards for the Kings, who have alternated wins and losses over their last seven contests. Our guys fought hard, Kings head coach Ty Corbin said. They gave us a chance to win the ball game. The game was tied 83-83 early in the fourth before the Kings ripped off nine straight points. Collison had a dunk and a three-point play before Cousins capped the flurry with a reverse layup for a 92-83 Sacramento advantage. Dallas, though, closed regulation on a 14-4 surge to force overtime. Chandler and Rondo sandwiched baskets around a pair of Cousins free throws to claw Dallas within 99-97 with 56.7 seconds to play. A loose ball foul on Cousins sent Chandler to the line with 33.5 ticks on tthe clock and Chandler sunk both foul shots to knot the contest at 99-99.dddddddddddd Cousins fouled out of the game on Sacramentos next trip up the floor when he committed an offensive foul. Ellis then took the clock down but was off the mark on a right elbow jumper at the buzzer. Rondo nailed a right wing triple with the shot clock running down with 1:14 remaining in overtime to stake the Mavs to a 104-102 advantage. Jason Thompson was fouled on a rebound with 51.2 ticks left, but split the pair of bonus shots. Dirk Nowitzki missed a jumper at the other end, but Chandler Parsons snatched the offensive rebound and Ellis made two foul shots with 8.7 seconds to play. Dallas elected to foul Collison, who sunk 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and two Ellis free throws with 5.7 ticks remaining sealed the outcome. Earlier, Sacramento led 33-29 following a quarter of play and was up 63-60 at the break. Neither team held a margin more than five in the third and the Kings took an 83-80 edge into the fourth. Game Notes The Mavericks have won five straight and 36 of their last 43 meetings against Sacramento ... The Kings fell to 8-4 when Cousins scores at least 25 points ... Dallas scored 27 points off 20 Sacramento turnovers ... Carl Landry had 14 points and 10 boards off the bench for the Kings. ' ' '
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