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Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, St. Louis Blues 4
Three Stars of the Game
David Backes
1st
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 19:06
Alex Pietrangelo
2nd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:05
Brian Elliott
3rd
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 17-18
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .955SH: 0-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The NHL-leading St. Louis Blues are getting such good goaltending that league goals-against leader Brian Elliott is fighting for playing time.

After sitting for three games in favor of Jaroslav Halak, Elliott returned to make 21 saves in the Blues' 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Elliott lowered his GAA to 1.61 and helped the Blues tie a franchise record with their 29th home victory of the season.

"We try to stand tall, and hold them in there and give us a chance to win," Elliott said about the tandem with Halak. "I don't think anyone is trying to win the game themselves out there."

St. Louis is an NHL-best 29-4-4 at home with four games left. The Blues went 29-7-4 at home in 1980-81.

Overall, St. Louis is 44-18-7 for 95 points, and has won four in a row and eight of nine.

Count Columbus interim head coach Todd Richards as a believer.

"They play fast. They play big," Richards said. "I think the depth on their team is one factor. I don't think (Blues coach Ken Hitchcock) is concerned with any matchups. He's kind of just rolling his lines.

"The defense they have, they do a great job of moving the puck up the ice and at key times, they're getting the saves they need from their goalies."

With Halak getting the bulk of the playing time, St. Louis has allowed just one goal in each of the last four games and two or fewer in nine straight.

But as good as his team has played, Hitchcock believes they have another level.

"I know we can play a lot better than we're playing right now and I think we will when we get pushed here," Hitchcock said. "I think we have another gear that we can play at. We're playing nice right now. I think we can go a lot higher than this."

As the Blues have moved up the standings, they are becoming a bigger target. Elliott said he knew Columbus would give the Blues its best shot.

"They are pretty much out of the playoffs, so they don't have that much pressure," Elliott said. "We have to stick to our game and know that the hockey we're playing now is what we're going to carry into the postseason. It's important games and we really have to take advantage of these situations."

David Perron, Chris Stewart, T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis, 36-0-0 when scoring three or more goals. Andy McDonald added two assists.

Cam Atkinson scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets had won four straight.

After Perron opened the scoring in the first period, and Atkinson tied it early in the second, Stewart gave the Blues the lead for good at 9:17 of the second. Stewart powered down the left wing and backhanded a shot from inside the circle over goalie Curtis Sanford while fending off defenseman Brett Lebda.

Oshie made it 3-1 on a power play with 5:22 left in the second, beating Sanford with a one-timer from the right circle. Pietrangelo put it away with another power-play goal with 12:49 left in the third.

"They just come at you," said Sanford, who made 25 saves. "They come at you in waves. They work hard from the first drop of the puck until the last buzzer. You always have to be paying attention because they have some skilled guys as well that can make some really quality plays."

NOTES: Oshie's goal was the 2,700th power-play score in team history. ... Columbus hasn't won five straight since Nov. 17-24 2010. . . . The last regulation loss for the Blues in a game in which they scored three times came on March 19, 2011, at San Jose. ... St. Louis is 12-1-1 in its last 14 home games.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:01
STL
David Perron (13) ASST: Andy McDonald (7), Patrik Berglund (18)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
02:24
CBJ
Cam Atkinson (2) ASST: Mark Letestu (10), Brett Lebda (1)
1 - 1 Tie
09:17
STL
Chris Stewart (15) ASST: Barret Jackman (10)
2 - 1 STL
14:38
STL
PPG - T.J. Oshie (18) ASST: David Backes (27), Carlo Colaiacovo (16)
3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
07:11
STL
PPG - Alex Pietrangelo (11) ASST: Andy McDonald (8), Kevin Shattenkirk (28)
4 - 1 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:12
STL
Chris Porter  Fighting against  Darryl Boyce
02:12
CBJ
Darryl Boyce  Fighting against  Chris Porter
02:12
CBJ
Darryl Boyce  Roughing against  Chris Porter
07:07
CBJ
Aaron Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Vladimir Sobotka
16:44
CBJ
Cam Atkinson  Hi-sticking against  Patrik Berglund
2nd Period
00:15
STL
T.J. Oshie  Hi-sticking against  Aaron Johnson
02:57
CBJ
Dane Byers  Fighting against  B.J. Crombeen
02:57
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting against  Dane Byers
13:15
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Slashing against  Kevin Shattenkirk
15:48
STL
Barret Jackman  Slashing against  Rick Nash
15:48
CBJ
Rick Nash  Tripping against  Barret Jackman
15:48
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Rick Nash
3rd Period
06:45
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Slashing against  B.J. Crombeen
06:45
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:40
STL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Dane Byers
12:40
STL
Jason Arnott  Roughing against  Nikita Nikitin
12:40
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Roughing against  Jason Arnott
18:49
STL
Ryan Reaves  Roughing against  Ryan Johansen
18:49
STL
Ryan Reaves  Misconduct
goalie stats
Curtis Sanford
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0
Brian Elliott
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0

 
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