ST. LOUIS - The Nashville Predators expected a tough game when came to St. Louis to face the streaking Blues. They were more than up to the challenge.James Neal and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist as Nashville beat St. Louis 2-1, snapping the Blues seven-game winning streak and moving past them into first place in the Central Division.Its a game we marked down on our road trip that it was going to be tough, Neal said. To come in here and be a point behind them, we knew what was at stake. Theyre on a little roll, and we came in and played a great 60 minutes.Forsberg has five goals in five games and his 15 points and nine assists lead all rookies.I got to thank the whole team and especially my line mates for my success, Forsberg said. Theyve been setting me up really good. I try to set them up as well.Pekka Rinne made 28 saves for Nashville, which won in St. Louis for the first time in seven trips and for the second time in the teams last 12 meetings overall. The Predators finished 4-2 on their six-game trip.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said Rinne was a big reason for the successful trip and start to the season.Hes been steady the whole time, Laviollette said. Hes been rock sold all year.Jori Lehtera scored for St. Louis and Brian Elliott had 33 saves. Vladimir Tarasenko had his four-game, goal-scoring streak snapped, but he did pick up an assist on Lehteras goal, giving him 12 points in his last seven games.Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo said the team got away from the style which produced the seven straight wins.They executed the game they wanted to play and we didnt, Pietrangelo said. Thats what it comes down to.Neal broke a 1-1 tie when he beat Elliot with 6:28 remaining on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle after taking a drop pass from Forsberg.I just came in behind Filip and he made a good pass to drop it, Neal said. It was funny, I told him earlier that I came in behind him and he ripped one. When I came in behind him the second time, he dropped it.Elliott said despite the nice pass, he could have made the save.Thats one I would like to have back, Elliott said.Lehtera put the Blues on the scoreboard first with 5:30 left in the opening period as he followed up Tarasenkos shot and backhanded the rebound past Rinne.Forsberg tied it at 7:20 of the second period when he broke in down the right side and beat Elliott with a wrist shot from the right circle.NOTES: The line of Tarasenko, Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz has combined for 17 points in the last five games. ... Nashville is 9-1-1 when scoring at least two goals and 7-0-1 when it holds the opposition to two goals or fewer. ... Mike Ribeiro had an assist on Neals goal, giving him five assists in his past six games. Anthony Averett Jersey
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"In all honesty, Im really happy," said Japan manager Masumi Omae, who also led the 2003 Japan team to the World Series title. "I definitely always dreamt about coming back to win again. To be able to trust the kids and their abilities is something Im most proud about." Facing one last threat in the sixth, the Japanese players erupted in glee, tossing Omae in the air near the mound after his slick fielders had turned a game-ending double play. "Wanting to be World Series champs is all weve talked about for the last two years," Takagi said. "I was thinking, just get a hit at the plate. The outcome was two homers, so I was really happy." It was the 14th championship game for Japan and 23rd for California, which has won seven World Series titles. Giancarlo Cortez had a two-run single and Grant Holman an RBI single for Chula Vista. Trailing 4-3 after Cortezs clutch single in the fourth, Japan tied it on Takagis second homer and won it when Hirooka lined a 2-2 pitch down the left-field line after not being able to sacrifice the runners up a base. "My mind was full, trying to get the bunt down," Hirooka said. "When I didnt get (the bunt) down, my mind was blank. Im just so happy I could get a hit to help our team win." California beat Westport, Conn., 12-1 in the U.S. championship game Saturday, while Japan edged Mexico 3-2 for the international title. The Americans left 12 runners on base in a game that was there for the taking. "We left some opportunities out there, but give Japan credit," Chula Vista manager Rick Tibbett said. "They made some great defensive plays." Unbeaten, too, entering the game, Chula Vista struck early to send a message that it would be a tense affair. Keyed by the shaggy-haired duo of Micah Pietila-Wiggs and Jake Espinoza at the top of the order, California scored twice in the top of the first against Japan starter Kazuki Ishida to put the pressure on. Pietila-Wiggs was hit by a pitch leading off and Espinoza lined a double down the left-field line. Pietila-Wiggs came around to score on a passed ball and Holman singled home Espinoza. California received a scare when Cortez was hit by a pitch in the helmet during the first inning and departed for a pinch-runner after being examined on the field. Ishida went over to shake Cortezs hand and apologize, and Cortez returned to play his position when Chula Vista took the field for the first time. Holman, who pitched a no-hitter in the World Series, hadnt pitched since Wednesday and was shaky at the outset, walking two of the first three batters he faced and throwing a wild pitch as Japan quickly mounted a threat of its own and tied the score. Takuma Gomi, whose dramatic solo homee run in the top of the sixth had given Japan a 3-2 victory over Mexico in the international championship Saturday, lined an RBI single.dddddddddddd A botched throw in from the outfield on the hit sailed wide of home plate, allowing Takagi, who had walked, to score the second run. California escaped further damage when Kyousuke Kobayashi singled to centre and Espinoza threw out Gomi at home. The West champions mounted another threat in the second, loading the bases with two outs. But Holman struck out, waving his bat ever-so-slightly at a pitch that was low and outside and shaking his head in dismay at the call. If Japan had a plan, it likely was to make the hard-throwing Holman work, and the tall right-hander did just that. When he struck out Sho Miyao looking to end the second inning, he had thrown 50 pitches. Not a good omen for the West champions with a maximum of 85 allowed and Nick Mora, the hero of Saturdays win over Connecticut with a 10-strikeout, two-hit performance, ineligible to pitch. Ishida wasnt faring any better. After three innings he had thrown 69 pitches, struck out five, walked three, and hit three batters. Japan took a 3-2 lead when Takagi led off the bottom of the third by slamming a home run over the right-field fence on an 0-1 pitch. A smile on his face, Takagi raised his right arm in triumph as he rounded the bases and was mobbed by his teammates after crossing the plate. Holman avoided further damage by striking out pinch-hitter Tatsuki Nagano and getting pinch-hitter Seiya Nishino to ground out to first with two runners on. When he went to the dugout, Holman had only three pitches left to reach the maximum of 85 and was through on the mound for the day. "We certainly expected to get more than three innings from Grant," Tibbett said. "From the first inning, you could tell he was leaving pitches up. Once it took him 28 pitches to get through the first inning we knew somebody else would probably finish the game." The Japanese pitchers kept the hot-hitting Pietila-Wiggs off-balance at the plate, but after getting fooled by a pitch in the top of the fourth he laced a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Espinoza followed with a bloop single to left and took second on the throw in. Ishida then hit Mora to load the bases, tying the World Series record for most hit batsmen in a game, and Keita Saito came on in relief. Batting with the bases loaded, Holman, who hit a grand slam earlier in the World Series, grounded to third and Japan got the forceout at home for the first out. A day earlier, Japan twice escaped big jams in the win over Mexico, once with the bases loaded and nobody out. This time it failed as Cortez laced a two-run single to left field for a 4-3 lead. Ricky Tibbett relieved Holman in the fourth and retired the side in order, striking out two, as Chula Vista crept that much closer to the title. Patrick Archer walked leading off the fifth and Dominic Haley reached on an error by first baseman Kensuke Tsuchida to give California a chance to extend its lead. Wiggs then laced a shoulder-high fastball down the left-field line for a single to load the bases, the ball hit too hard for Archer to score from second. That proved critical. Espinoza lined to left and Archer was doubled up at home on a strong throw by Gomi, and Mora struck out, stranding another two runners. Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies Camo China NFL Jerseys
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