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Blue Jackets 4, Blues 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 4, Blues 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In a battle to escape the NHL basement, the Columbus Blue Jackets discovered the offense they'd been missing.

Aaron Johnson's first goal of the season snapped a third-period tie and the Blue Jackets ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

``It's big, these are teams we have to jump on,'' Johnson said. ``If we keep playing hard against teams like this eventually we're going to be able to play hard against teams like Colorado and get wins in those situations, too.''

Manny Malhotra had a goal and two assists, Luke Richardson and Martin Brule also scored, and Jody Shelley had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who tied their season best for goals and leapfrogged the Blues despite getting outshot 34-19.

The Blue Jackets, who scored only nine goals during their losing streak and entered the game with a league-worst 40 goals, have 12 points and lead the Blues by one point. Columbus benefited from Johnson's third career goal in 31 games and Richardson's 33rd in 18 NHL seasons.

``It's huge for those guys to step up,'' coach Gerard Gallant said. ``As we all know we're last in the National Hockey League, so to come in here and get a win with other people chipping in is big for our club.''

Barret Jackman scored his first two goals of the season for the Blues, who have lost three in a row while surrendering 15 goals. The Blues blew a one-goal, third-period lead for the second straight night, following a 5-3 loss at Minnesota on Friday, and have lost a franchise-record seven straight games at home.

``It's all for nothing, it doesn't matter,'' Jackman said. ``I'd rather have no goals and not lose the game.''

In the last three games, the Blues have been outscored 8-0 in the third period.

``I don't know what it is,'' coach Mike Kitchen said. ``We sure have to improve in that area because we've blown a lot of leads.''

The Blue Jackets scored in the opening minute of the first and third periods and matched their season best for goals set Oct. 21 against the Sharks. They won for only the second time on the road in 12 games, and won after trailing following one period for the first time in nine tries all season.

They also rebounded from a 5-0 loss at home to the Avalanche on Friday.

``It's big for our team,'' Gallant said. ``We're a lot like St. Louis. We're struggling.''

Johnson, a defenseman playing his second game of the season after being called up earlier in the week, scored on a power play at 9:56 of the third. Johnson pinched in from the left point and tapped a rebound past Curtis Sanford.

Jackman's second goal of the game, a wrist shot off a faceoff, put the Blues ahead 3-2 in the final minute of the second period.

Brule's second goal of the season tied it at 28 seconds of the third.

The Blue Jackets scored on the first shot of the game in the opening minute, a wrister from Malhotra from the high slot, but didn't test Sanford again for another 15 minutes.

St. Louis tied it on Jackman's first goal of the season, a wrist shot through traffic at 7:16, and took the lead on Mike Sillinger's power-play goal at 14:34.

Richardson's first goal since Feb. 27, 2004, a one-timer in front of the net off Malhotra's setup, tied it at 2 at 13:52 of the second.

Notes: The Blue Jackets are 2-10 on the road and the other victory was 3-2 Oct. 9 at Chicago. ... Blues D Bryce Salvador was out of the lineup after taking a shot off a knee on Friday. ... Blue Jackets G Marc Denis missed his third game with a groin injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
Manny Malhotra (2) ASST: David Vyborny (9), Radoslav Suchy (2)
1 - 0 CBJ
Barret Jackman (1) ASST: Dallas Drake (5)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Mike Sillinger (6) ASST: Petr Cajanek (16)
2 - 1 STL
2nd Period
Luke Richardson (1) ASST: Manny Malhotra (12), Jody Shelley (1)
2 - 2 Tie
Barret Jackman (2) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (1), Doug Weight (11)
3 - 2 STL
3rd Period
Gilbert Brule (2) ASST: Manny Malhotra (13), Duvie Westcott (3)
3 - 3 Tie
PPG - Aaron Johnson (1) ASST: Jody Shelley (2), David Vyborny (10)
4 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Steven Goertzen  Hi-sticking
Steven Goertzen  Hi-sticking
Jason Chimera  Holding
Duvie Westcott  Hooking
2nd Period
Dallas Drake  Hooking
3rd Period
Eric Weinrich  Hooking
Christian Backman  Delay of game
Jason Chimera  Delay of game
goalie stats
Martin Prusek
SA: 34TOI: 59:58
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Sanford
SA: 19TOI: 59:00
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
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