ST. LOUIS -- The Blues went on top 4-3 over the Predators on a great tip play from Paul Stastny on a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk.
Stastny won the face-off deep in Nashville's zone. Carl Gunnarsson passed the puck along the blue line to his partner Shattenkirk as he shot the puck toward Pekka Rinne. Stastny deflected the shot as it went through Rinne's legs with about five minutes left in the third period.
And that's how the game would end as the Blues fought off the extra attacker to regain first place.
Tarasenko gets the Gordie Howe hat trick
Vladimir Tarasenko got his revenge and reached double digits in goals scored to put the Blues back up on the Predators.
Jori Lehtera pushed the puck up to Tarasenko who carried the puck over the blue line and past several Nashville players and sniped the puck past Pekka Rinne to put the Blues up 3-2 over their division rivals. The goal was the Russian's tenth of the season.
With an assist, a fight and a goal, Tarasenko completed the fabled Gordie Howe hat trick.
But with under a minute left in the period, T.J Oshie skated into the penalty box for a delay of game penalty and the Predators took advantage by tying the game once again with a goal from Roman Josi. Pilip Forsberg and Shaw Weber had assist on the goal. Forsberg has three points on the night.
Weber scored for Preds to tie the game
The Predators came out in the second period and tied the game on a delayed penatly call set-up by their star rookie, Pilip Forsberg.
Forsberg was held up as he entered the Blues zone. He sent a pass over to Shea Weber who beat Jake Allen high stick side with a hard slap shot to tie the game at two goals each.
Things got chippy in the middle of the period as the Blues took exception to a high hit on Vladimir Tarasenko by Eric Nystrom. Kevin Shattenkirk went after Nystrom and eventually Tarasenko started a fight with Ryan Ellis. Shattenkirk went off for roughing while Tarasenko took a five minutes for fighting major, the first of his career.
Reaves then shadowed Nystrom on his next shift on the ice, appearing to look for a fight. However, the two appeared to just exchange words as the play ended. During the following scuffle, the referee handed Reaves a 10 minute misconduct penalty, sending him to the locker room for the remainder of the period.
Review gives Gunnarsson first goal as Blue
In a bizarre play, the Blues went up 2-0 on Nashville after officials in Toronto buzzed down to the referees during a break in play.
At the 12:45 mark, Carl Gunnarsson blasted a shot from the point that appeared to bounce off the corner post and out the net. Play then continued on for another three minutes.
When play was whistled dead, the buzzer sounded to signal the play was being reviewed. Replay video showed the puck completely crossed the goal line before it bounced out giving Gunnarsson is first goal as a Blue. Max Lapierre and Steve Ott earned the two assits.
However, the Predators came right back when play continued when Filip Forsberg scored his eighth goal of the season by sneaking a puck past Jake Allen's blocker side, cutting into St. Louis' lead.
Oshie scores in return to line-up
In his first game back after missing seven with a concussion, T.J. Oshie put the Blues up 1-0 over the Nashville Predators.
The goal came as Oshie manned the point during a power play. Predators center Olli Jokinen tripped up Barret Jackman to put the Blues on the power play.
Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko kept the puck in the offensive zone with less than a minute left in the power play. Oshie wound up from just inside the blue line and rifled a shot that found the back of the net with Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera providing traffic in front of the goal.
Tarasenko and Lehtera earned assists on Oshie's first goal of the season, extending their consecutive game point streak to seven and six respectively.
Oshie did have another chance in the first thirty seconds of the game, with a two-on-one break with David Backes. However the two came up short with no goal.