Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
St. Louis
Blues
21-46-15
Columbus
Blue Jackets
35-43-4

25 SOG
23 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
STL
CBJ
game recap

Blue Jackets 3, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Blue Jackets 3, Blues 1
St. Louis Blues 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The hard times continue for the St. Louis Blues.

David Vyborny scored two goals and Marc Denis stopped 24 shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to a victory Wednesday night that extended the Blues' franchise-record losing streak to nine games.

"We've hit rock bottom," Blues forward Mike Sillinger said. "We have a team that's been struggling here for the last 10 or 12 games. ... We've got to keep working hard. The easy thing to do now is obviously to start pointing fingers. I think everybody just needs to take a deep breath and look at themselves."

Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev each had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who came in having scored the fewest goals (28) in the NHL. Columbus, which ended a four-game losing streak, has won its last three home games.

Todd Marchant also scored for the Blue Jackets, his first goal of the season.

"In hockey, there are no little things. Everything is a big thing," Marchant said. "Whether it's a chip off the wall, a guy taking a hit to make a play, sacrificing your body to block a shot - that's all part of it. Tonight we did a lot of those little things right."

The loss kept St. Louis winless on the road (0-4-2). Lee Stempniak scored a power-play goal in the final minute to avoid the shutout.

"We're very frustrated right now," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. "We're not a very confident club. That goes right to your hands and your legs, when you're not confident. That's something we have to get by. That's where you have to work your way out of this thing we are in now."

Two fights broke out after the game ended, with the officials taking several minutes to clear the ice and send the players back to the locker rooms.

Vyborny opened the scoring at 17:21 of the first period after Malhotra skated behind the net and flipped the puck into the slot with a wraparound move. Vyborny was alone in the slot and went high over Patrick Lalime's right shoulder to extend his points streak to six games. Vyborny has goals in the last three games.

"I just play hard every game," said Vyborny, who is breaking out of a slow start. "I don't care if I score. I know I had a bad beginning, but I just try to focus on every game and play my game."

St. Louis mustered five shots in the opening period, none during a 5-on-3 advantage that lasted more than a minute.

Both Malhotra and Zherdev also assisted on Vyborny's second goal. Zherdev and Vyborny passed back and forth on a 2-on-1 rush, with Vyborny again going high with the shot to beat Lalime at 2:07 of the second.

Denis wasn't tested most of the night and didn't give up a goal until the 25th and final shot by the Blues. Petr Cajanek's centering pass from the back boards found Stempniak in the slot and he scored his second goal with 36 seconds remaining.

"You could see more confidence as the game went on - and that is something that has been lacking," Denis said. "There's some stuff we have to work on but we controlled the scoreboard. When you get the first (goal), you're playing on edge. When you get the first and second ones, all of a sudden you're playing in control. And we got a third one, a big one, and now you're in control of the game."

The Blues failed to score on their first eight power plays before Stempniak's goal. The Blue Jackets were 0-for-3 with a man advantage.

Lalime had 20 saves for the Blues.

Notes: Columbus was opening a four-game homestand. ... The Blues have dominated the series, 13-5-3-1. ... The Blue Jackets are playing without Rick Nash, their leading goal-scorer in 2003-2004. He'll be out until mid-December with a sprained knee. ... Sillinger had his four-game points streak end, as did the seven-game points streak of Columbus' Bryan Berard.

scoring summary
1st Period
17:21
CBJ
David Vyborny (5) ASST: Manny Malhotra (9), Nikolay Zherdev (5)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
02:07
CBJ
David Vyborny (6) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (6), Manny Malhotra (10)
2 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
02:47
CBJ
Todd Marchant (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 CBJ
19:23
STL
PPG - Lee Stempniak (2) ASST: Petr Cajanek (13), Eric Boguniecki (1)
3 - 1 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
09:17
STL
Lee Stempniak  Holding against  Jason Chimera
11:40
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Holding the stick
12:31
CBJ
Adam Foote  Elbowing against  Eric Boguniecki
14:17
STL
Dennis Wideman  Hi-sticking against  Trevor Letowski
2nd Period
02:08
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting against  Jason Chimera
02:08
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Fighting against  Jamal Mayers
08:43
STL
Matt Walker  Tripping against  Dan Fritsche
11:35
CBJ
Luke Richardson  Hooking
14:30
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Hooking against  Dennis Wideman
17:26
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Hooking
3rd Period
06:43
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Slashing against  Dennis Wideman
09:33
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Fighting against  Aaron Downey
09:33
STL
Aaron Downey  Fighting against  Jody Shelley
14:16
CBJ
Radoslav Suchy  Hooking
17:01
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Hi-sticking against  Barret Jackman
17:01
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Unsportsmanlike conduct
20:00
STL
Eric Brewer  Fighting against  Rostislav Klesla
20:00
STL
Ryan Johnson  Cross checking against  Todd Marchant
20:00
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Game misconduct against  Eric Brewer
20:00
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Fighting against  Eric Brewer
20:00
STL
Eric Brewer  Game misconduct against  Rostislav Klesla
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Marc Denis
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .960SH: 2 - 2
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.