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Sullivan scores twice, Predators beat Blues

Steve Sullivan scored two goals and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Thursday night to improve to 3-0 for the second time in franchise history.

Marcel Goc and Patric Hornqvist also scored, and rookie Anders Lindback made 32 saves for Nashville, coming off a 3-2 victory in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Matt D'Agostini, T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund scored for St. Louis.

Dating to last season, the Predators have beaten the Blues five consecutive times. The Predators also ended the Blues' season-opening winning streak at two games.

Goc opened the scoring 56 seconds into the opening period with a wrist shot from the low slot, and Sullivan made it 2-0 on two-man advantage at 11:14 of the first.

With the Blues' Brad Boyes and Eric Brewer both in the penalty box, the Predators had their first 5-on-3 power play of the season. Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter faked a shot from the top of the right circle then passed to Sullivan all alone in the lower left circle where he buried a one-timer into an open net.

After D'Agostini drew the Blues within one at 13:37 of the first, Sullivan answered 15 seconds later.

Cal O'Reilly freed the puck in the right corner of the St. Louis zone and found Sullivan in the right circle where he unleashed another one-timer by goalie Jaroslav Halak.

It was Sullivan's fourth goal on the season. He didn't score his fourth goal last season until Nov. 14.

Sullivan had an opportunity for his eighth career hat trick in the waning seconds of the first, but Halak stretched out his right leg pad to stop the breakaway attempt with 2 seconds remaining.

Oshie scored an unassisted power-play goal at 8:15 of the second, but Hornqvist answered that with a power-play marker of his own at 16:21 to send the Predators into the second intermission up 4-2.

Berglund's power-play goal at 5:13 of the third completed the scoring.

Notes: Nashville C Matthew Lombardi missed the game because of an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. ... Sullivan has 49 career points against the Blues, his highest against any opponent. ... Lindback has victories in each of his two NHL starts. ... St. Louis C Alex Steen had an assist for his 200th NHL point.