St. Louis
Blues
39-30-11-2
Columbus
Blue Jackets
25-45-8-4
OT
33 SOG
32 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
STL
CBJ
game recap

St. Louis Blues 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:29 AM

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Keith Tkachuk might have been the only person to think his open-ice tackle was nothing special.

Tkachuk's hit on Columbus defenseman Darryl Sydor led to Doug Weight's goal with 8.7 seconds left in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday night.

"It was one of those things," said Tkachuk, who assisted on Weight's goal and added a goal of his own. "It was guys making contact. But guys make contact all night. I can't worry about that."

Weight rammed in a pass from Pavol Demitra seconds after Tkachuk leveled Sydor. When officials did not signal an obstruction call on Tkachuk, a crowd of 17,892 booed and threw cups on the ice.

Columbus coach Doug MacLean waved his arms and walked down to the boards to protest the non-call as the officials left the ice.

"We deserved a better fate," MacLean said later, declining to comment on the non-call. "We deserved a tie, obviously, and maybe a win."

The Blue Jackets' Todd Marchant skated hard to the net on a rush and his shot was blocked by goaltender Brent Johnson before the puck was passed to Tkachuk. Tkachuk then passed to Demitra to set up the game-winner.

"That could have been called," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said of Tkachuk's hit. "You flip a coin and see which ones you want to call. You could call it either way. Obviously, I'm not complaining. We got the win."

Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 19th goal midway through the third period as the Blue Jackets came back from a two-goal deficit. Andrew Cassels added his fourth goal.

Nash was still fuming after the game.

"It was a bad call," he said. "Seventeen-thousand people saw it and however many were watching it on TV could have made that call. It wasn't a great decision by (the referee) not to call it."

Weight said: "I'm not going to say it couldn't have (been called). We're not going to play blind. It could have been called, but I don't think it was as huge as it looked."

Jamal Mayers also scored for the Blues, who ran their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1).

The Blues scored twice in a span of just over four minutes of the opening period.

Mayers jumped on a funny bounce off the boards, rifling a shot from the right dot that beat Fred Brathwaite.

Less than a minute into a power play, Eric Nickulas dug the puck off the back wall and passed off the side of the net to Tkachuk, who easily punched in his 15th goal.

The Blues are 11-2-1 when scoring first and 10-2-1 when ahead after one period. Conversely, Columbus is 2-10-2-1 when giving up the first goal and 1-6-1 when trailing after one period.

Still, the Blue Jackets came back while the Blues played passive hockey for the final 30 minutes of regulation.

David Vyborny outbattled Chris Pronger for the puck in the corner, then controlled it and slid a pass to Geoff Sanderson for a one-timer from the high slot. Johnson slowed the puck but it trickled behind him and Cassels jabbed it into an empty net at 13:36 of the second.

The Blue Jackets then pulled even on their fourth consecutive power play.

Nash netted a slap shot with 10:13 left in regulation. The overall No. 1 draft pick last year scored 17 goals in 74 games last season and has 19 in 28 games this season. He came in tied with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk for the NHL lead despite playing three fewer games.

"In overtime, you don't like to see too many penalties called unless it gives someone a scoring chance," Columbus defenseman Scott Lachance said. "That gave them a 3-on-1. There's nothing we can do about it now, but it's frustrating."

scoring summary
1st Period
12:34
STL
Jamal Mayers (2) Slapshot - ASST: Christian Laflamme (1), Jeff Heerema (2)
1 - 0 STL
16:44
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (15) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Nickulas (7)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
13:36
CBJ
Andrew Cassels (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Geoff Sanderson (10), David Vyborny (9)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
09:47
CBJ
PPG - Rick Nash (19) Slapshot - ASST: Anders Eriksson (5), Derrick Walser (4)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
04:51
STL
Doug Weight (8) Slapshot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (18), Keith Tkachuk (9)
3 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
09:43
CBJ
Rick Nash  Roughing against  Chris Pronger
09:43
STL
Chris Pronger  Roughing against  Rick Nash
15:48
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Cross checking against  Murray Baron
2nd Period
03:16
STL
Christian Laflamme  Interference
09:46
CBJ
Todd Rohloff  Hi-sticking
16:15
STL
Jamal Mayers  Hooking against  Geoff Sanderson
19:11
STL
Bryce Salvador  Hooking against  Geoff Sanderson
3rd Period
04:00
STL
Alexander Khavanov  Holding against  Geoff Sanderson
09:01
STL
Alexander Khavanov  Roughing against  Tyler Wright
11:01
STL
Jeff Finley  Interference against  Trevor Letowski
18:51
CBJ
Rick Nash  Diving against  Murray Baron
18:51
STL
Murray Baron  Roughing against  Rick Nash
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 32TOI: 64:51
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
Fred Brathwaite
SA: 33TOI: 64:51
Saves: 30EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
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