Big first period carries Blues past Blue Jackets | Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 11:17 PM

The St. Louis Blues have found two new goal scorers: Vladimir Tarasenko and Barret Jackman.

Each scored Thursday as the Blues defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 at Nationwide Arena.

For Tarasenko, a rookie forward, it was his fifth goal in seven NHL games. Veteran defenseman Jackman connected for the second straight game after scoring just once in a span of 181 games.

"We're not a team that relies on three or six guys," Jackman said. "It's going to be a team effort every night. Some guys put the puck in the net one night and it's going to be picked up by other guys another night."

Three days off did not slow down St. Louis. The Blues have won four in a row and are 6-1-0 after playing six games over the first nine days. They visit Detroit on Friday; a win will give St. Louis its best start since going 7-1-0 to begin the 1997-98 season.

Patrik Berglund and David Backes added goals for St. Louis. Brian Elliott made 24 saves for his third win in four games this season.

Derrick Brassard scored a power-play goal for Columbus, which was playing for the third time in four nights and has lost six of seven.

"We didn't come out and play hard enough," Columbus forward Brandon Dubinsky said. "That's been a theme the whole year so far. We've got to come out with some fire, with some passion. And we didn't again tonight."

The second period ended with multiple fights at 17:59, totaling 52 minutes in penalties, including 10 minutes each for head-butting to St. Louis' Ryan Reaves and Columbus' Jared Boll.

The Blues took a 3-0 lead in the first 13:22 of the first period, causing the Blue Jackets to replace starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with Steve Mason.

Tarasenko's goal was a highlight-reel effort -- he fought off defenseman James Wisniewski to free himself in the slot and scored before falling to his knees. The 21-year-odl Russian has nine points to tie Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher for the rookie lead.

Mason stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief, with Backes scoring his first of the season into an empty net.

"I'm disappointed. It was 3-0, but it wasn't necessarily just the score," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "It was more how we were playing and how they were playing. Once they scored it seemed like we were right on our heels."

Defenseman Tim Erixon, acquired from the New York Rangers in the offseason trade for Rick Nash, made his Columbus debut. He was a minus-1 with four penalty minutes.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:19STL Barret Jackman (2) ASST: Ryan Reaves (1), Jamie Langenbrunner (1) 1 - 0 STL
10:23STL PPG - Patrik Berglund (4) ASST: T.J. Oshie (3), David Backes (4) 2 - 0 STL
13:22STL Vladimir Tarasenko (5) ASST: Alexander Steen (5), Alex Pietrangelo (7) 3 - 0 STL
2nd Period
16:51CBJ PPG - Derick Brassard (1) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (3), James Wisniewski (3) 3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
19:39STL PPG - EN - David Backes (1) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (3), T.J. Oshie (4) 4 - 1 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:17
Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Tarasenko
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:27
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 13TOI: 45:20
GA: 0EV: 8-8
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:55STL Vladimir Tarasenko  Hooking against  Derek MacKenzie
10:06CBJ Vinny Prospal  Hi-sticking against  Alex Pietrangelo
17:23CBJ Derek MacKenzie  Cross checking against  Andy McDonald
2nd Period
00:43CBJ Artem Anisimov  Tripping against  David Perron
05:20CBJ Nick Foligno  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
05:20STL Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Foligno
09:11CBJ Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
09:11STL Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
09:35CBJ Tim Erixon  Interference against  David Backes
16:40STL Barret Jackman  Cross checking against  Derick Brassard
17:59CBJ Jared Boll  Game misconduct against  Ryan Reaves
17:59STL Ryan Reaves  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
17:59STL Ryan Reaves  Game misconduct against  Jared Boll
17:59STL Scott Nichol  Instigator - Misconduct against  Derek MacKenzie
17:59STL Scott Nichol  Instigator against  Derek MacKenzie
17:59CBJ Derek MacKenzie  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Nichol
17:59STL Scott Nichol  Fighting (maj) against  Derek MacKenzie
17:59CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Reaves
3rd Period
06:43STL Andy McDonald  Interference against  Jonathan Marchessault
17:55CBJ Tim Erixon  Tripping against  T.J. Oshie
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/51/4
Faceoff Wins2924
Blocked Shots144
Penalty Minutes4840
4K. RussellD0000016:50
5B. JackmanD1011718:18
10A. McDonaldL0011218:25
12S. NicholC0010177:15
17V. SobotkaL0101015:02
20A. SteenL0113017:10
21P. BerglundC1003018:17
22K. ShattenkirkD0011020:21
25C. StewartR0001511:30
27A. PietrangeloD0110024:12
28I. ColeD0010017:31
42D. BackesR1104020:05
46R. PolakD0001017:26
57D. PerronL0002018:54
74T. OshieR0200018:47
75R. ReavesR0112156:43
91V. TarasenkoR1013217:27
1B. Elliott2425.96060:00
4J. MooreD00-11013:54
7J. JohnsonD00-13028:58
10M. LetestuC00-13012:03
15D. DorsettR00-11515:05
16D. BrassardC10-13017:09
17B. DubinskyC01-11023:22
18R. UmbergerC0003020:42
19R. JohansenC0002014:09
20T. ErixonD00-10418:10
21J. WisniewskiD01-13025:10
22V. ProspalL0001214:28
24D. MacKenzieC00-1177:51
36J. MarchessaultC0000012:50
40J. BollR0000154:42
42A. AnisimovC0002216:49
51F. TyutinD0000020:11
58D. SavardD0000013:42
71N. FolignoL00-11514:13
1S. Mason13131.00045:20
72S. Bobrovsky811.72713:11