St. Louis
Blues
39-30-11-2
Columbus
Blue Jackets
25-45-8-4

34 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
STL
CBJ
game recap

St. Louis Blues 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Johnson came through with offense just when the St. Louis Blues needed it the most.

Johnson scored the game-winning goal with 3:44 left, and Doug Weight added a goal and an assist to lead the Blues past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Monday night.

"Thankfully all their players were kind of all going the other way," Johnson said of his second goal of the season. "Honestly, I was trying to put it to the net."

Johnson benefited from a giveaway by Columbus' Rick Nash, the NHL's leading goal scorer with 23 goals. Nash passed from the half boards in his own end to the middle of the ice and Johnson intercepted it.

"That was a huge goal on a nice individual effort by RJ," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Right now we're a little thin offensively, so it's nice to see guys who don't score often make a nice play like that."

Johnson's shot was a hard one from the left dot that beat Marc Denis high on the glove side.

"I have a tendency to shoot high quite a bit," Johnson said with a chuckle. "The coaches are on me about that."

Keith Tkachuk also had a goal for the Blues, playing the first of 16 games in 34 days.

St. Louis was winless in four (0-2-2). Columbus lost its fifth in a row at home.

"Nobody is pointing fingers, nobody is getting down on one another," said Todd Marchant, who had a goal for the Blue Jackets. "We're just trying to get out of it together as a group."

Geoff Sanderson also scored for Columbus.

Blue Jackets coach Doug MacLean did not meet with reporters after the game.

Blues goaltender Chris Osgood was injured early in the game after being struck in the leg by a puck shot by teammate Bryce Salvador and falling awkwardly. Osgood sprawled on the ice as the Blues scrambled to control the puck in the final seconds of a Columbus power play.

Osgood was helped off and replaced by Brent Johnson, who finished with 22 saves.

Quenneville said the puck deadened a nerve in Osgood's leg. Osgood was hobbling around the locker room after the game.

The teams traded power-play goals in the first period.

Sanderson flipped in his sixth goal from the left hash mark off a pass from Russian rookie Nikolai Zherdev. The Blues countered with a soft goal given up by Denis. Weight skated from the far blue line and threw a backhander from the right dot that trickled through Denis' pads.

"I just tried to get down and get something on the net to get a faceoff down there and kind of calm everybody down," said Weight, who was cut in the mouth by a high stick earlier in the game and was bleeding for the rest of the game. "We had about 10 seconds left (in the power play) and fortunately it went in."

The Blues took the lead midway through the second period when Blue Jackets nemesis Tkachuk scored on a perfect pass from Weight. Weight whistled a centering pass from behind the goal line, and Tkachuk simply put his stick on the ice and deflected in his 17th goal.

Just 13 days earlier, Tkachuk scored with 43 seconds left in overtime to give the Blues a 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

Columbus tied it 2-2 at 3:31 of the third when Marchant scored his fourth off a centering pass from David Vyborny. Then the Blues' defense took over.

"In the third we absolutely tic-tac-toed it around and dominated," Weight said.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:08
CBJ
PPG - Geoff Sanderson (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (4), Darryl Sydor (10)
1 - 0 CBJ
18:11
STL
PPG - Doug Weight (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Rycroft (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
09:49
STL
Keith Tkachuk (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Doug Weight (23), Eric Nickulas (10)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
03:31
CBJ
PPG - Todd Marchant (4) Snap shot - ASST: David Vyborny (11)
2 - 2 Tie
16:16
STL
Ryan Johnson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:48
STL
Jeff Heerema  Too many men/ice - bench
09:00
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Fighting (maj) against  Steve McLaren
09:00
STL
Steve McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Jody Shelley
09:54
CBJ
David Ling  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
09:54
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  David Ling
11:15
STL
Eric Nickulas  Hooking - Obstruction against  Rick Nash
12:13
STL
Murray Baron  Hi-sticking against  Rick Nash
14:32
CBJ
Scott Lachance  Hi-sticking against  Doug Weight
14:32
CBJ
Scott Lachance  Hi-sticking against  Doug Weight
2nd Period
03:39
STL
Eric Nickulas  Slashing against  David Vyborny
07:48
CBJ
David Ling  Fighting (maj) against  Dallas Drake
07:48
CBJ
Lasse Pirjeta  Tripping
07:48
STL
Dallas Drake  Fighting (maj) against  David Ling
18:01
CBJ
Rick Nash  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
01:59
STL
Murray Baron  Holding against  Manny Malhotra
06:00
STL
Doug Weight  Cross checking against  Jody Shelley
08:14
CBJ
Trevor Letowski  Hi-sticking against  Keith Tkachuk
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 1TOI: 3:52
Saves: 1EV: 0 - 0
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 24TOI: 56:08
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Marc Denis
SA: 34TOI: 58:38
Saves: 31EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1
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