DEFENSEMAN Shea Weber scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the visiting St. Louis Blues last night.

Gabriel Bourque added a goal for Nashville.

Chris Butler and T.J. Oshie scored for St. Louis, but the Blues lost for the fifth time in six games despite the return of No. 1 goalie Brian Elliott.

Midway through the third period, while the Blues were on a power play, Roman Josi carried the puck down the left side on a 2-on-1 rush with Weber.

Inside the blue line, Josi found Weber, who fired a high shot past Elliott for a shorthanded goal that snapped a 2-2 tie. It was the Predators' first shorthanded goal this season.

Weber gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with 1:55 left in the first period.

In another game

* At Sunrise, Fla., Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the winning shootout goal to lift the Montreal Canadiens over the Florida Panthers, 2-1.

Parenteau's shot glanced off the glove of Roberto Luongo and went into the net in the third round of the shootout. Jonathan Huberdeau missed on the ensuing attempt, and Montreal improved to 5-1 in shootouts.

The Canadiens have won four in a row - including three on the road - and seven of eight.

The crowd of 19,614 was Florida's largest on home ice.


* Dany Heatley was assigned to the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Va., after the veteran NHL goal-scorer cleared waivers.