Jordin Tootoo scored unassisted with 3:43 to play and lifted the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Blues in St. Louis on Thursday.
Tootoo’s goal was his first of the season and his sixth all-time against St. Louis, his most against any opponent. He missed the first 13 games with a hip flexor strain.
David Legwand added an empty-net goal as Nashville improved to 8-8-1 on the season and moved one point ahead of the Blues (6-7-4) in the Central Division and Western Conference standings.
The Preds fell behind 2:03 into the contest, but Patric Hornqvist tied it 1-1 at 13:50 of the second period. Hornqvist’s goal was his fifth of the season, which tied him with defenseman Shea Weber for the team lead.
Nashville outshot St. Louis 37-22, including 19-7 in the second period. Jason Arnott had a team-high six. Andreas Thuresson had five, and J.P. Dumont, who had missed the previous three games with an injury, had four.
All but one of Nashville’s 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on net.
The victory ended a four-game Nashville road trip, which began eight days earlier at Anaheim. The Predators went 2-2-0 on the trip.
Nashville’s next five, and eight of the next nine will be at home beginning Saturday against Montreal.
Earlier in the day, veteran forward Dave Scatchard was reassigned to Milwaukee.
The 33-year-old had no goals and two assists in nine appearances since being recalled on Oct. 20. He also had a team-high 58 percent success rate on faceoffs.