NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Columbus|
(Friday, April 12th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, St. Louis 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Sergei Bobrovsky posted 31 saves to help the
Columbus Blue Jackets take a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
Columbus has now won two straight in its attempt to get into the playoffs and
at 43 points, the team sits two back of the Detroit Red Wings for the final
spot in the Western Conference. Detroit lost in a shootout to Chicago on
Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, while Marian Gaborik, Ryan Johansen and
Artem Anisimov all scored for the Blue Jackets, who defeated St. Louis for the
first time in four attempts this season.
"We're a team that doesn't back down and we were able to come back from an
early deficit to get the win," said Atkinson. "We played a full 60 minutes and
that's what you need when you're fighting for a playoff spot."
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal for the Blues, who had a six-game
winning streak snapped.
St. Louis came into the game off three straight shutouts by Brian Elliott, but
Jake Allen got the start on Friday and gave up all four goals on 19 shots.
The Blues hold a two-point edge over Minnesota for the sixth spot in the
"I think we've lived on a fine line for a while and it went against us
tonight," said St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. "They were able to out-work
us in the corners and the past couple of games we were able to get away with
it, but not tonight."
St. Louis took a 1-0 lead just 1:26 into the game as Shattenkirk's low shot
from the right point went past Bobrovsky for his fourth goal of the season.
The Blue Jackets tied the game with 5:28 to play in the opening frame when
Adrian Aucoin's shot from the right point was tipped by Matt Calvert then
Atkinson before going into the net. The goal was reviewed to see if the puck
was hit with a high stick and it was allowed to stand.
That goal broke St. Louis' scoreless streak at 215 minutes, 56 seconds, which
surpassed the previous team record of 201:32, set last season from March
In the second period, Columbus took a 2-1 lead at the 14:20 mark as Anisimov
jammed the puck in from in front for his 11th of the year.
Just over four minutes later, James Wisniewski fired a shot on net from the
left point that was tipped by Nick Foligno. Allen made the stop, but the
rebound sat on the doorstep and Johansen jammed it in for a 3-1 lead.
Gaborik provided a three-goal edge just 1:21 into the third period with his
12th of the season and Bobrovsky stopped all nine shots he faced in the final
St. Louis hosts Chicago on Sunday afternoon ... Columbus plays the next six
games on the road, starting in Minnesota on Saturday ... Columbus went 0-for-1
on the power play, while St. Louis was 0-for-5 ... St. Louis has not allowed a
power-play goal in nine straight games, killing off 20 penalties during that
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