STL
29-17-2
CBJ
24-17-7

Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1

Associated Press | Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 11:12 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The St. Louis Blues take pride in the fact they're a band of players without a real superstar.

They don't win individual awards. All they do is win games.

Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves and the Blues won their fourth straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

David Backes, who also had an assist, added an empty-netter. T.J. Oshie had two assists.

True to its Blue-collar form, St. Louis had four different goal-scorers, 11 different players score a point and just about everybody else contributed one way or another in a fight-filled match.

"That's what our whole team is about," said Jackman, who got into one fight to go with his goal. "We're not a team that relies on three or six guys. It's going to be a team effort every night. Some guys put the puck in the net one night and it's going to be picked up by other guys another night."

The Blues took command and locked up the two points before a crowd of 11,155 could settle into its seats.

Just 2:19 in, Jackman almost lackadaisically wristed the puck on net from the boards near the blue line. It sailed past Jamie Langenbrunner and defenseman Tim Erixon, playing his first game for the Blue Jackets, who were tangled near the left hash. It continued on past a surprised Sergei Bobrovsky for Jackman's second of the year.

It was the third time that Bobrovsky, who has been solid in net most of this young season, has been victimized for a soft goal in the first minutes of the game.

Brandon Dubinsky, a newcomer to Columbus who arrived in the blockbuster deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers last summer, was angry with the way the Blue Jackets played.

"We didn't come out and play hard enough," Dubinsky said. "That's been a theme the whole year so far. We've got to come out with some fire, with some passion. And we didn't again tonight."

And still St. Louis wasn't done.

The Blues went on a power play at the 10:06 mark when Vinny Prospal was called for a high stick - and 17 seconds later the puck was in the net again. This time Berglund took a drop pass from Oshie and rocketed a hard shot from the top of the left circle for his fourth of the season.

Soon after, Tarasenko took a feed from Alexander Steen, was checked by defenseman James Wisniewski near the right hash and before hitting the ice got enough stick on the puck to get it past Bobrovski.

Tarasenko has been a revelation so far for the Blues, scoring five goals to go with four assists in seven games. He was the Blues' first-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2010 draft and has been brilliant in his debut season, leading all NHL rookies in goals.

That was it for Bobrovsky, who was replaced by Steve Mason after facing just 11 shots.

"The three goals in the first period came too easy for us," said St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, who led the Blue Jackets to their only trip to the playoffs in 2008-09. "Then we started making puck decisions that we haven't made all year. We played a good first period and then a sloppy second period."

Derick Brassard scored for Columbus, which played on even terms over the final 46 minutes but couldn't overcome the early blitz. Mason stopped all 13 shots he faced.

After Brassard scored on the power play, it was relatively even the rest of the way - but the damage had already been done.

"I'm disappointed. It was 3-0, but it wasn't necessarily just the score," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "It was more how we were playing and how they were playing. Once they scored it seemed like we were right on our heels."

NOTES: The game was the second of a franchise record-tying six-game homestand for Columbus. ... St. Louis LW Andy McDonald played despite a lower-body injury. He hit the side of the net on a wide-open empty-netter in the final minute, provoking some jeers from the crowd. ... The Blues opened a brief two-game, back-to-back road trip. They play at Detroit on Friday night. ... Blue Jackets winger Jonathan Audy-Marchessault made his NHL debut. ... The Blues came in leading the league in fewest shots allowed per game at 19.5. The Blue Jackets had 25.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:19STL Barret Jackman (2) ASST: Ryan Reaves (1), Jamie Langenbrunner (1) 1 - 0 STL
10:23STL PPG - Patrik Berglund (4) ASST: T.J. Oshie (3), David Backes (4) 2 - 0 STL
13:22STL Vladimir Tarasenko (5) ASST: Alexander Steen (5), Alex Pietrangelo (7) 3 - 0 STL
2nd Period
16:51CBJ PPG - Derick Brassard (1) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (3), James Wisniewski (3) 3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
19:39STL PPG - EN - David Backes (1) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (3), T.J. Oshie (4) 4 - 1 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Patrik Berglund
1st
Patrik Berglund
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:17
Vladimir Tarasenko
2nd
Vladimir Tarasenko
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:27
Steve Mason
3rd
Steve Mason
SA: 13TOI: 45:20
GA: 0EV: 8-8
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:55STL Vladimir Tarasenko  Hooking against  Derek MacKenzie
10:06CBJ Vinny Prospal  Hi-sticking against  Alex Pietrangelo
17:23CBJ Derek MacKenzie  Cross checking against  Andy McDonald
2nd Period
00:43CBJ Artem Anisimov  Tripping against  David Perron
05:20CBJ Nick Foligno  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
05:20STL Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Foligno
09:11CBJ Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
09:11STL Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
09:35CBJ Tim Erixon  Interference against  David Backes
16:40STL Barret Jackman  Cross checking against  Derick Brassard
17:59CBJ Jared Boll  Game misconduct against  Ryan Reaves
17:59STL Ryan Reaves  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
17:59STL Ryan Reaves  Game misconduct against  Jared Boll
17:59STL Scott Nichol  Instigator - Misconduct against  Derek MacKenzie
17:59STL Scott Nichol  Instigator against  Derek MacKenzie
17:59CBJ Derek MacKenzie  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Nichol
17:59STL Scott Nichol  Fighting (maj) against  Derek MacKenzie
17:59CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Reaves
3rd Period
06:43STL Andy McDonald  Interference against  Jonathan Marchessault
17:55CBJ Tim Erixon  Tripping against  T.J. Oshie
shots by period
PeriodSTLCBJ
1st126
2nd912
3rd47
Total2525
Team Stats
CategorySTLCBJ
Power Plays2/51/4
Hits1813
Faceoff Wins2924
Giveaways42
Takeaways110
Blocked Shots144
Penalty Minutes4840
  • ST LOUIS
  • COLUMBUS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4K. RussellD0000016:50
5B. JackmanD1011718:18
10A. McDonaldL0011218:25
12S. NicholC0010177:15
15LangenbrunnerR011209:36
17V. SobotkaL0101015:02
20A. SteenL0113017:10
21P. BerglundC1003018:17
22K. ShattenkirkD0011020:21
25C. StewartR0001511:30
27A. PietrangeloD0110024:12
28I. ColeD0010017:31
42D. BackesC1104020:05
46R. PolakD0001017:26
57D. PerronL0002018:54
74T. OshieR0200018:47
75R. ReavesR0112156:43
91V. TarasenkoR1013217:27
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1B. Elliott2425.96060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. MooreD00-11013:54
7J. JohnsonD00-13028:58
10M. LetestuC00-13012:03
15D. DorsettR00-11515:05
16D. BrassardC10-13017:09
17B. DubinskyC01-11023:22
18R. UmbergerC0003020:42
19R. JohansenC0002014:09
20T. ErixonD00-10418:10
21J. WisniewskiD01-13025:10
22V. ProspalL0001214:28
24D. MacKenzieC00-1177:51
36J. MarchessaultC0000012:50
40J. BollR0000154:42
42A. AnisimovC0002216:49
51F. TyutinD0000020:11
58D. SavardD0000013:42
71N. FolignoL00-11514:13
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1S. Mason13131.00045:20
72S. Bobrovsky811.72713:11