Columbus
Blue Jackets
32-35-15
St. Louis
Blues
40-32-10
OT
19 SOG
27 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
CBJ
STL
game recap

Blue Jackets 3, Blues 2, OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:42 AM

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -With one snap of his stick, Kris Russell gave the Columbus Blue Jackets their first victory in St. Louis in nine games.

The Columbus defenseman joined what appeared to be a busted play in the Blues' zone, skated into the left faceoff circle and beat Blues goalie Chris Mason 1:32 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

"This is a tough building for us to win in and I thought we played a really good game tonight," said Russell, who netted his sixth of the season. "We just got to keep playing and working hard. If we play like that, good things are going to happen."

Russell took advantage of an opportunistic scoring chance after Columbus goalie Mathieu Garon made a game-saving stop moments earlier on Andy McDonald.

"We executed our game plan the way we wanted to for 60-plus minutes," Garon said. "They bring a lot of traffic in front."

McDonald forced the overtime, scoring with 1:35 left in regulation.

"We had quite a few chances," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "We had to grind out way in the third to get one to go and also had one there in the last few seconds (of regulation) after we won the faceoff. We had a chance right on the doorstep there."

Fedor Tyutin and Derek Dorsett also scored for the Jackets, and Garon made 25 saves in his first game since Jan. 19.

The Jackets' last previous win in St. Louis was March 27, 2007.

"We're grinding it and we'll see where we go," said Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock, whose squad had lost six of its previous nine. "We kept going. We're trying to keep ourselves up and keep fighting. We're not going to skill our way into this (playoff race). We're going to claw our way in it."

David Backes also scored for St. Louis, and Mason made 16 saves.

Russell skated into the Blues' zone and snapped a shot that caromed off Mason on the Jackets' first shot in overtime after taking a feed from Derick Brassard.

"He cut across and was trying to go back over my shoulder and he just went off the heel of my stick and kind of handcuffed me a little bit," Mason said. "It hit the bottom of my arm and went in."

NOTES: Blues F Keith Tkachuk became the fourth player in league history to record 2,200 penalty minutes and 1,000 points when he was whistled for high-sticking in the second period. ... The Blue Jackets were without three players because of the flu, LW Kristian Huselius, D Anton Stralman and D Milan Jurcina. RW Derek Dorsett (wrist) returned after missing one game. ... Blues D Erik Johnson (upper-body) returned to the lineup after missing one game.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:09
CBJ
Derek Dorsett (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Freddy Modin (2), Mathieu Roy (9)
1 - 0 CBJ
19:58
STL
PPG - David Backes (11) Deflected shot - ASST: T.J. Oshie (18), David Perron (16)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
18:36
CBJ
PPG - Fedor Tyutin (3) Slapshot - ASST: Rick Nash (27), RJ Umberger (20)
2 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
18:25
STL
PPG - Andy McDonald (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Johnson (21), Eric Brewer (5)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:32
CBJ
Kris Russell (6) Slapshot - ASST: Derick Brassard (17), Marc Methot (4)
3 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
19:34
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Holding against  Jay McClement
2nd Period
03:10
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Winchester
03:10
STL
Brad Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
03:10
STL
Brad Winchester  Instigator against  Jared Boll
03:10
STL
Brad Winchester  Misconduct (10 min)
07:43
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Mike Commodore
07:43
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
07:43
CBJ
Rick Nash  Interference against  B.J. Crombeen
11:36
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hi-sticking against  Mathieu Roy
14:43
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Holding against  Darryl Sydor
16:50
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Too many men/ice - bench
17:58
STL
Roman Polak  Roughing against  Raffi Torres
3rd Period
13:40
STL
Brad Boyes  Hi-sticking against  Mathieu Roy
17:09
CBJ
Rick Nash  Interference against  Keith Tkachuk
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 27TOI: 61:32
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .926SH: 2 - 2
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
16-15-8
SA: 19TOI: 61:08
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .842SH: 0 - 0
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