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Jackets Win Streak Snapped at Two; Lose At St Louis, 4-1
Pascal Leclaire makes 40 saves

Thursday, 12.01.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Jackets Win Streak Snapped at Two; Lose At St Louis, 4-1
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Patrick Lalime stopped 25 shots in his first action since a six-game benching and Dennis Wideman scored his first career goal and added an assist, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night.

Simon Gamache got his second career goal and Keith Tkachuk had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who ended a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak in a game matching the NHL's two worst teams. The Blue Jackets have 14 points, the Blues 13.

St. Louis blew third-period leads in the last two games, including a 4-3 home loss to the Blue Jackets in their last game on Saturday, and had been outscored 8-0 in the third period of the last three.

This time, it added to a one-goal lead on scores by Gamache and Tkachuk. Jaroslav Balastik got his first career goal for Columbus, which has lost 10 of 12 on the road overall but had won its previous two.

Three of the Blues' goals came on the power play, one of them with a two-man advantage. St. Louis scored once while Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott was in the penalty box and a second time only 6 seconds after he got out.

Lalime lost his job to minor league call-up Curtis Sanford due to a 4.00 goals-against average, but got another chance after the Blues allowed 15 goals in the last three losses. He faced little pressure most of the game, but stopped three shots during Columbus' 5-on-3 advantage in the third period.

Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire had 40 saves a night after getting his first career victory in a 3-2 shootout over the Wild.

Balastik's rebound shot on a power play tied it at 1 at 12:44 of the second. Columbus had essentially a two-man advantage on the play because the Blues' Ryan Johnson had lost his stick.

Wideman answered 50 seconds later on a power play to put the Blues in front to stay.

The Blues had a two-man advantage twice in the first period and capitalized on the second opportunity. Columbus was 8 seconds from escaping unscathed before Doug Weight scored his fifth on a slap shot from the slot with 46.2 seconds left in the first period.

Game notes The Blues had a season-best 44 shots, topping the previous high of 40 on Oct. 22 against the Wild. ... Blue Jackets C Manny Malhotra, who had a goal and two assists against the Blues last Saturday, was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day. He's missed the last two games with a back injury. ... Tkachuk has 27 points in 22 career games against Columbus.

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