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game recap

Blue Jackets 8, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 8, Blues 1
St. Louis Blues 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 8

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -It was a rout 10 years in the making.

Jake Voracek scored on two breakaways, six teammates also had multipoint games and the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to the easiest win in the franchise's decade of existence, pounding St. Louis 8-1 on Wednesday night to end the Blues' winning streak at seven games.

"We did a good job of coming out of the gate and setting the tone of the game," coach Scott Arniel said. "It was a big win over a divisional opponent. We earned our two points."

It was the rarest of outbursts for the Blue Jackets, the only team in the NHL this season that had not scored more than three goals in a game. The eight goals tied a club record, and the margin was the largest in the franchise's 10 seasons.

"It was fun tonight," said Voracek, who doubled his goal total from the first 13 games. "It was good to finally score more than three goals in a game. We played good from the first minute."

The rout also was a rare collapse by the Blues, who had allowed just four goals in their last six games.

"Bottom line is we understand that we can't play that way," St. Louis coach Davis Payne said.

Chris Clark also had two goals and Rick Nash, R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette each added a goal and an assist for Columbus, which has won eight of 11. Derick Brassard added a career-high three assists and Kyle Wilson and Nikita Filatov each had a career-best two helpers. Samuel Pahlsson also had two assists and Jared Boll had a goal.

Steve Mason made 29 saves, allowing only B.J. Crombeen's goal.

A few short weeks after being booed off the ice after an embarrassing 5-2 loss to Chicago in the home opener, the Blue Jackets received standing ovations at the end of each period from a crowd of 10,265.

The Blue Jackets had three goals in the opening 17 minutes against goalie Jaroslav Halak, who had three shutouts in his last five starts and a 6-1-1 record overall.

"We were struggling to score goals," Arniel said. "We've had individuals and lines that were working, getting chances and not getting the rewards from it. Tonight their hard work paid off."

Columbus took the first five shots and grabbed the lead when Nash followed a backcheck by stealing a pass and setting in motion Voracek's first breakaway.

Midway through the period, Boll raced around the Blues' Tyson Strachan for a loose puck in the offensive zone and then almost nonchalantly flipped a backhander from a hard angle past defenseman Nathan Oystrick that appeared to surprise Halak, the puck bouncing off his left skate and ricocheting into the net.

Halak was being pelted by pucks late in the period when he made a sterling stop on Marc Methot's point-blank attempt. While the crowd was still oohing and ahhing about the save, Brassard collected the puck at the back wall and fed Nash for a quick one-timer in the slot to make it 3-0.

"All four lines were scoring goals," Voracek said.

Voracek then added to the lead - and ended Halak's night - when he scored on another solo rush early in the second period that was almost a carbon copy of his earlier goal. Ty Conklin came on for Halak, who gave up four goals on 15 shots.

After Crombeen spoiled Mason's shutout, the Blue Jackets added two more goals on Clark's nifty 1-on-1 move from in close and Umberger's one-timer from the slot. Clark and Vermette then scored within 18 seconds in the third period.

"If we were able to get a power-play goal when it was 2-zip, instead it gets to 3-zip pretty quick," Payne said. "All of a sudden it was real tough to find some improvement in our game."

NOTES: St. Louis' T.J. Oshie was helped off the ice after apparently injuring his left ankle in the third period. He had a support boot on it in the dressing room. ... Brassard extended his career-best points streak to eight games, during which he has five goals and six assists. ... It was the first time in 161 games that the Blue Jackets scored three goals in the first period. ... The Blues came in as the only one-loss team left in the NHL.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:49
CBJ
Jakub Voracek (2) ASST: Derick Brassard (5), Rick Nash (4)
1 - 0 CBJ
10:30
CBJ
Jared Boll (1) ASST: Kyle Wilson (2), Derek MacKenzie (3)
2 - 0 CBJ
16:36
CBJ
Rick Nash (6) ASST: Derick Brassard (6), Marc Methot (8)
3 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:46
CBJ
Jakub Voracek (3) ASST: Kyle Wilson (3), Derick Brassard (7)
4 - 0 CBJ
10:58
STL
B.J. Crombeen (2) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (1)
4 - 1 CBJ
11:09
CBJ
Chris Clark (1) ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (3), Rostislav Klesla (4)
5 - 1 CBJ
13:37
CBJ
R.J. Umberger (6) ASST: Nikita Filatov (3), Antoine Vermette (4)
6 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
01:22
CBJ
Chris Clark (2) ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (4), Derek Dorsett (2)
7 - 1 CBJ
01:40
CBJ
Antoine Vermette (2) ASST: R.J. Umberger (2), Nikita Filatov (4)
8 - 1 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
13:03
CBJ
Kris Russell  Holding the stick against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
08:38
CBJ
Marc Methot  Roughing against  David Backes
08:38
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Marc Methot
10:58
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Cross checking against  B.J. Crombeen
10:58
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Slashing against  Derek Dorsett
3rd Period
05:12
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Misconduct
05:12
CBJ
Chris Clark  Fighting against  Nathan Oystrick
05:12
STL
Nathan Oystrick  Fighting against  Chris Clark
08:01
STL
Cam Janssen  Roughing against  R.J. Umberger
08:01
STL
Cam Janssen  Cross checking against  R.J. Umberger
08:01
STL
Cam Janssen  Misconduct
09:10
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Jan Hejda
09:10
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Roughing against  David Backes
09:10
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Interference against  T.J. Oshie
09:58
STL
Brad Boyes  Misconduct
09:58
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Misconduct
09:58
STL
Brad Boyes  Roughing against  R.J. Umberger
09:58
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Roughing against  Brad Boyes
09:58
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Hi stick - double minor against  Patrik Berglund
11:32
STL
Alex Pietrangelo  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Steve Mason
12:21
STL
Nathan Oystrick  Hi-sticking against  Derick Brassard
19:44
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting against  Derek Dorsett
19:44
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Fighting against  B.J. Crombeen
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
SA: 20TOI: 36:14
Saves: 16EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 15TOI: 23:46
Saves: 11EV: 10 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .733SH: 1 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
5-4-0
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0

 
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