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Blues rally to beat Blue Jackets in overtime

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 10:45 PM

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

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Blues rally to beat Blue Jackets in overtime
St. Louis Blues 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3
Three Stars of the Game
Vladimir Tarasenko
1st
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 15:31
David Backes
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:32
Ryan Johansen
3rd
Ryan Johansen
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:42

COLUMBUS -- The St. Louis Blues struggled at times but pulled out a 4-3 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

David Backes scored the winner 22 seconds into the extra period after the Blues rallied from a two-goal deficit.

"We had the good and bad right throughout the game," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Every part of our game was bad and good. Everybody had a piece in every part of the game -- their team, our team.

"We had good early then bad for a long stretch, then we started to come on again."

Backes scored his 16th goal off a turnover created by Alexander Steen at the blue line. The puck fell between Columbus' Fedor Tyutin and Artem Anisimov. Backes skated in, pulled the puck back and beat Mike McKenna for the Blues' third straight win.

"I find the loose puck, take it to the net and found a little bit of area there and was lucky to get it through," the St. Louis captain said.

Backes has four goals and five points in the past four games. The goal was the first of his career in overtime.

The Blues (22-6-3) spotted the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead in a frenetic first period, overcame a series of penalties to trail by a goal after two, and rallied late to tie the game.

McKenna, a St. Louis native who was making his first NHL start in more than three years, finished with 27 saves. St. Louis' Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 of 33 shots to pick up the win.

McKenna said he didn't get a good read on what Backes was doing with the puck before the goal.

"As soon as he made a move with his backhand, I went hard to the other side and the puck went back across, and I'm dead in the water," McKenna said. "It's frustrating. We were right there and definitely played well enough to win."

Chris Stewart tied the game at 3-3 with 6:27 left in regulation just 20 seconds after Columbus forward Mark Letestu shot over the Blues net on a breakaway. Stewart was in position for a rebound after a shot from the left point by Ian Cole was tipped in front by Brenden Morrow.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the Blues' first two goals. Columbus' goal scorers were Anisimov, Tyutin and Ryan Johansen.

The Blue Jackets had been 36-0-0 when leading after two periods under coach Todd Richards since Jan. 9, 2012.

"[The media] were making a lot out of that," he said. "I still don't mind the way we played in the third period. The effort, the competitiveness for the most part was where it needed to be."

McKenna, who relieved Curtis McElhinney for the final two periods Thursday in a 4-2 win against the New York Rangers, had not started since Nov. 20, 2010, when he played the Blues as a member of the New Jersey Devils. He is 4-9-1 in 19 NHL games and is still looking for his first victory since making 33 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 2-1 overtime win against the Blue Jackets on March 24, 2009.

St. Louis improved to 9-4-1 on the road while Columbus' four-game win streak in Nationwide Arena came to an end.

Columbus (14-15-4) fell behind 1-0 on Tarasenko's first goal, but came back with goals from Anisimov, Tyutin and a 5-on-3 goal by Johansen for the lead after 20 minutes.

Along the way, there were four fighting majors, three roughing calls and a late unsportsmanlike conduct to Backes.

St. Louis went in front at 4:10 when Jay Bouwmeester's shot caromed off the traffic in front to Tarasenko, who put the puck off McKenna and into the net.

Columbus tied it when Anisimov scored for the second straight game, converting a centering pass from Blake Comeau at 8:49 after getting position on Bouwmeester in the slot.

Less than three minutes later, the Blue Jackets' forechecking paid off when St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, under pressure, sent his clearing pass to Tyutin's stick. The Columbus defenseman let a shot go from the left point that went off Halak's glove and into the goal.

The game got even more interesting during an ensuing Columbus power play when Matt Calvert dumped Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman. Cole stepped in to fight Calvert, and Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and Jackman picked up minors for a scuffle.

Cole was given an additional two minutes for roughing, and just seven seconds into the two-man advantage, Brandon Dubinsky fed Johansen cross-ice for the one-timer from the low left circle for 3-1 lead at 13:27.

Johansen has 10 points (four goals) during an eight-game point streak.

"I like the way we responded after their goal," Richard said. "There was no panic on the bench."

Tarasenko made it 3-2 at 8:33 of the second period with a slap shot from the left side with Columbus down a man.

"We made it hard on ourselves," Backes. "The two previous games we played the right way, not that it was easy but it was the right way for 60 minutes."

scoring summary
1st Period
04:10
STL
Vladimir Tarasenko (10) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (21), Derek Roy (14)
1 - 0 STL
08:49
CBJ
Artem Anisimov (9) ASST: Blake Comeau (5)
1 - 1 Tie
11:39
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CBJ
13:27
CBJ
PPG - Ryan Johansen (12) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (15), Jack Johnson (5)
3 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
08:33
STL
PPG - Vladimir Tarasenko (11) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (16), Brenden Morrow (4)
3 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
13:33
STL
Chris Stewart (7) ASST: Brenden Morrow (5), Ian Cole (3)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
00:22
STL
David Backes (16) ASST: NONE
4 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
12:00
STL
Roman Polak  Broken stick
13:20
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Cole
13:20
STL
Ian Cole  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Calvert
13:20
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Nick Foligno
13:20
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
13:20
STL
Ian Cole  Roughing against  Matt Calvert
17:46
CBJ
Dalton Prout  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
17:46
STL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Dalton Prout
18:37
STL
David Backes  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ryan Johansen
2nd Period
02:52
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:19
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Slashing against  Jaden Schwartz
09:37
STL
Roman Polak  Charging against  Boone Jenner
12:27
STL
Vladimir Tarasenko  Cross checking against  Corey Tropp
14:57
CBJ
Corey Tropp  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
17:12
STL
Brenden Morrow  Tripping against  Dalton Prout
19:01
STL
Derek Roy  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 33TOI: 60:19
Saves: 30EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Mike McKenna
SA: 31TOI: 60:20
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1

 
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