ST. LOUIS – Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots, helping the Nashville Predators end a nine-game unbeaten string at St. Louis with a 4-1 victory over the Blues.

Nashville remained one of the last remaining unbeaten teams, along with Ottawa, at 5-0-0. The Predators won at St. Louis for the first time since Jan. 4, 2001, going 0-8-1 since.

St. Louis, 1-4-0, is off to its worst since 1977-78 when it lost its first six games and went 0-8-1 before getting a win.

The Predators took a 1-0 lead 6:37 into the first period on Steve Sullian’s fourth goal of the season, as he beat Patrick Lalime on a high wrist shot for his 10th point.

The Blues tied the game 1-1 at 5:58 of the second period on Jamal Mayers’ third goal. Christian Backman skated down the left wing and put a pass on stick of Mayers, who had slipped behind defenseman Danny Markov, and he wristed in a shot by Vokoun.

The Predators then scored two goals to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.

David Legwand scored from the right circle at 12:57, picking up a pass from Paul Karyia on top of the faceoff circle and sending a wrist shot just under the crossbar. With 23 seconds left Scott Hartnell scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle.

Nashville got an empty-netter from Greg Johnson at 18:33 of the third period.

Notes: Blues LW Keith Tkachuk, back after missing three games with a groin strain sustained in the season opener, was taken off the ice at 14:48 of the second period after getting hit by a stick in the midsection. He did not return until the start of the third period. … Nashville entered the game with the top power play in the NHL, but were stopped on five attempts by the Blues. For the season, Nashville is 7-for-26 on the power play. … The Blues’ Barret Jackman skated his 100th career game.

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