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ST. LOUIS -- After the St. Louis Blues let a two-goal lead get away, Vladimir Tarasenko made sure they skated off with a win. Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead the Blues to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. Just seconds after Roman Josi gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 7:33 of the third period, Tarasenko got control of the puck. He moved into the Nashville end, and after hesitating from the high slot, beat goalie Carter Hutton with a wrist shot at 7:49. Tarasenko credited his father, Andrei, who coaches in Russia, for his tying goal. "That was a set play that my father (taught) me," he said. "If you do it right, its probably hard to catch it. I just tried to make it through." But Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Tarasenko, who has 18 goals, has the kind of skills that cannot be taught. "Theres not many pure shooters," Hitchcock said. "But hes one of them." Brian Elliott, who has won 14 of his last 15 at home, stopped three of four shots in the shootout. Nashville fell to 1-7 in the tiebreaker. Predators coach Barry Trotz was pleased to get one point. "I thought it was a great point for us," Trotz said. "Youre down to the St Louis Blues 2-0, and its a real hard rink to come into. They come at you hard, but I thought as the game went on we got better and better." Jaden Schwartz and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who have beaten the Predators eight of the last nine. Elliott made 28 saves to end a three-game losing streak. Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher and Roman Josi scored the Nashville goals, and Hutton turned aside 31 shots. Fisher got the Predators even 2-2 at 3:25 of the third period when he beat Elliott from a bad angle along the right boards. Josi then gave Nashville its first lead, but it lasted just 16 seconds. "Tarasenko is dangerous off the rush," Trotz said. Derek Roy, who played on a line with Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz, said the sky is the limit for Tarasenko. "I feel like he gets better every game," Roy said. "Hes eager to learn. He wants to play well and he wants to win. Those are good qualities in a player." Schwartz opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:11 of the first period when he converted a centring pass from Chris Stewart. Backes gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead when he redirected Jay Bouwmeesters shot from the right point at 3:31 of the second. But Gaustad got the Predators back in it with 3:12 left in the second when the puck came to him in the slot off a scrum in the corner, and he buried a shot past Elliott. NOTES: Nashville D Shea Weber, who scored twice in Friday nights 3-2 win against New Jersey, was listed as questionable because of an upper-body injury but he played his usual shifts. ... Backes played in his 543rd game with the Blues, tying him with Keith Tkachuk for 12th place on the teams career list. ... 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There will be a number of different guys who will have to step up in his absence just because he brings so much to the table. Cleveland snapped its three-game losing streak. Dion Waiters had 17 points off the bench and Tristan Thompson deposited 14 points with 14 rebounds in the win. Gerald Henderson paced the Hornets with 14 points, Michael Kidd-Glichrist tallied 12 points with 10 rebounds and Gary Neal added 11 off the bench. Charlotte has dropped five straight, but coach Steve Clifford liked what he saw from his defense. A realistic place for us to get to every night is to the mid-90s in points, said Clifford. I think our defense can get good enough that the mid-90s can win and it was good enough tonight, except for the beginning of the third quarter when we fell asleep. Irving and Love converted back-to-back baskets early in the fourth to extend the margin to double digits. Charlotte worked its way back and trimmed the deficit to 84-79, then Irving snapped over three minutes of scoreless basketball from the visitors with a pair of free throws at 2:19. Hendersons layup after two offensive rebounds cut the deficit to 86-83 with 1:22 left. Love then knocked down a contested ccorner jumper with the shot clock running down to again make it a five-point game.dddddddddddd Hendersons dunk off another offensive rebound cut it back to three with 15.3 seconds left before Irving nailed a pair at the line. Marvin Williams was fouled after two unsuccessful attempts from beyond the arc for the Hornets and he made both free throws to keep it a one-possession game in the closing seconds. Irving knocked down 1-of-2 from the stripe with 1.6 ticks left to seal the win. Charlotte ended the first quarter on a 10-1 run. Irving tied the game at 15-15 with a jumper, then the Hornets limited Cleveland to just a free throw from Shawn Marion over the final 3:35. P.J. 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