St. Louis 6, Columbus 2

Saturday, January 4, 2014 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 18-20-3-1 9-9-1-1 9-11-2-0 L1
St. Louis 29-7-3-2 17-3-2-0 12-4-1-2 W5


Blues 6, Blue Jackets 2: Patrik Berglund scored twice and host St. Louis rallied with six unanswered goals to extend its winning streak to five games.

Vladimir Sobotka and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo each had a goal and an assist and Maxim Lapierre and Jaden Schwartz scored as the Blues erased a 2-0 deficit to improve to 8-0-0 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brian Elliott won his sixth consecutive start, turning aside 22 shots to help St. Louis boost its home record to 17-3-2.

Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored first-period goals for Columbus, which lost for the third time in four games. Curtis McElhinney garnered an assist and made 31 saves in dropping to 0-5-0 lifetime against the Blues.
St. Louis went ahead when Sobotka and Lapierre scored 94 seconds apart late in the second period, the latter goal coming on a rocket from the top of the right circle with 2:31 left in the session. Bergland redirected a pass from Vladimir Tarasenko past McElhinney 14 seconds into the third and Schwartz made it a 5-2 lead 8 1/2 minutes later with his seventh goal in eight games.

Letestu scored a bizarre goal at 11:22 of the opening period when he tossed a shot toward the the net that hit a Blues defender, deflected high in the air and went over Elliott's shoulder to make it 2-0. Berglund started the comeback just past the seven-minute mark of the second period when he deflected defenseman Barret Jackman's shot from the right point past McElhinney.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Blues captain David Backes returned to the lineup after a three-game injury absence and collected two assists, as did Tarasenko and D Kevin Shattenkirk. ... Blue Jackets F Derek MacKenzie served the first of a three-game suspension for boarding Phoenix D Oliver Ekman-Larsson. ... St. Louis had 29 shots over the final two periods and has outscored its opponents 104-50 in the second and third sessions.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   St. Louis
Artem Anisimov 1 Points Patrik Berglund 2
Artem Anisimov 1 Goals Patrik Berglund 2
Blake Comeau 1 Assists David Backes 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis McElhinney .838 Save Percentage Brian Elliott .917
Curtis McElhinney 31 Saves Brian Elliott 22

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 24 2 0-1 1-1 4 23
St. Louis 37 6 0-1 1-1 4 32

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play its next game on the road against Edmonton. The Blues have a W/L % of .690 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .389 after a win and .458 after a loss.
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