ST. LOUIS — Following virtually the same formula Thursday they used on opening night, the St. Louis Blues hung their second straight shutout on a Scottrade Center visitor.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko extended his Scottrade Center magic with his third goal in two home games and fourth in four games this season in a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators.
The Blues (3-1) slammed Detroit 6-0 in last Saturday's home opener, getting two goals from Tarasenko in his NHL debut, then split two road games before returning to St. Louis.
The Blues struggled early in a 3-2 loss at Chicago on Tuesday. But they quickly returned to a winning formula two days later, as they have posted two shutouts at home to open the season for the first time in franchise history.
"Knowing Nashville and the way they play, and how hard they play, gets your attention," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "If you take out the first 8 1/2 minutes in Chicago we played really well there, too.
"We've played really eight minutes of poor hockey in four games now, so all in all we've played pretty consistent."
With the Blues already leading 2-0 in the third period, Alex Steen spied Tarasenko streaking toward the net and put the puck right onto Tarasenko's stick.
Tarasenko slid the puck quickly past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne to continue what has been a dazzling NHL debut. Hitchcock said Tarasenko's linemates, Steen and Andy McDonald, are helping ease the Russian rookie's transition.
Steen already has four assists and McDonald has two goals and two assists.
"It's a really interesting line because it's a throwback line," Hitchcock said. "It's a line that I think the hockey purists ... anybody you talked to that saw the game back in the '80s or '90s would really appreciate this line."
That's because the line has speed, skill and, so far, an eye-catching finisher.
"It's a puck possession line, a line that has three guys with the innate ability to find open space on the ice," Hitchcock said. "In a game that has no space, they find space. They find room to make plays.
"They find open people. They see the ice. It's a fun line to watch from the bench."
The teams were meeting for the second time in four days, the Blues having come from behind to win 4-3 in a shootout on Monday in Nashville.
The Blues' sizzling power play, which led the NHL coming into the game, heated up again in the first period as T.J. Oshie scored off a rebound in front.
Oshie gave the Blues their seventh power-play goal in their first 11 opportunities this season.
David Perron took the original shot from the left side and players from both sides fought for the puck before it came to Oshie, who guided it past Rinne.
It was the third goal in four games for Oshie, who tied David Backes for the team-scoring lead last season.
Goalie Jaroslav Halak, who was pulled from the Blues' game against the Predators on Monday after allowing three goals on 11 shots, was back in net Thursday.
He was hardly tested in the first period as the Blues allowed three shots and had a span of 16 minutes, 10 seconds where they did not allow a shot.
Halak turned aside 13 shots, but was rarely tested thanks to the Blues' lockdown defensive effort.
That type of effort is a big reason the Blues are 32-6-5 in their last 43 home games, the NHL's best home record during that span.
Berglund was awarded a penalty shot 9 minutes, 26 seconds into the second period after being interfered with from behind by Mike Fisher during a partial breakaway.
Berglund celebrated the one-year anniversary of his last penalty shot goal (Jan. 24, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh) by using a quick fake and then beating Rinne with a shot high to his stick side.
"I can't really believe it, but I guess that's the only day I can score on a shootout," joked Berglund, who has been successful on two of his three career penalty shots. "Hopefully it comes up more often. I've been thinking a whole lot on what I'm going to do and then I never score on it, so I just went in there and faked it once and shot it."