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Blues rally to beat Blue Jackets in overtime

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 10:40 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

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Blues rally to beat Blue Jackets in overtime
St. Louis Blues 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3
Three Stars of the Game
Vladimir Tarasenko
1st
Vladimir Tarasenko
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 15:31
David Backes
2nd
David Backes
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:32
Ryan Johansen
3rd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:42

THE RUNDOWN
Through 20 minutes of tonight's game, the Blue Jackets had the St. Louis Blues all out of sorts.

Columbus was drawing penalty after penalty, taking the one of the NHL's top teams off its game and then, capitalizing on their mistakes. The Blue Jackets answered the Blues' opening goal with a three-spot in the first period on goals by Artem Anisimov, Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Johansen - bringing the Nationwide Arena crowd to a roar and tilting the ice in favor of the home team. It was a dramatic early twist in a game that ended up being full of them, and before all was said and done, this game resembled one of the Central Division tilts between Columbus and St. Louis from yesteryear.

The Blue Jackets held their 3-1 lead into the second period, but a Jack Johnson tripping penalty but the Blues on the power play at 8:19 of the middle frame. St. Louis needed only 14 seconds to convert, and it was Vladimir Tarasenko potting his second goal of the game, a tally that gave the Blues new life and from that point forward, the game didn't hold the same tenor it did in the first period.

And it wasn't like the Blue Jackets didn't have chances to put the game away in the third period, either; Brandon Dubinsky, Johansen, Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu had quality opportunities to stretch the lead to two goals, but after Letestu missed high on a breakaway with about six and a half minutes remaining, the Blues tied the game only seconds later.

Ian Cole put the puck toward the net - something the Blues did more and more as the game went on - and Chris Stewart was camped in front of Mike McKenna to slam it in and tie the game with 6:27 to go.

Overtime lasted all of 22 seconds and a misplay by the Jackets at their own blue line allowed David Backes to break in on McKenna. He made a great move to the net and roofed it under the crossbar, completing the Blues' comeback and earning the full two points for the visitors.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
The Blue Jackets cashed in on their first 5-on-3 chance of the game, but their second opportunity (albeit 10 seconds) was a big turning point. With a 3-2 lead late in the second period and staring down another chance to expand their lead, the Blue Jackets couldn't get much going on the two-man advantage or the ensuing power play...and the game felt much different headed to the third period with Columbus leading 3-2. In a game of squandered opportunities, this one stood out as a difference-maker.

THREE STARS
1. VLADIMIR TARASENKO (STL)

The young Russian scored a pair of goals in the game and his second was a vital one for the Blues, who were flat in the first period and started the second down 3-1.

2. DAVID BACKES (STL)

Backes' line, one of the best in the league heading into the game, was held in check until the third period and they played a big role in turning it around for St. Louis. His overtime goal salvaged what was a relatively forgettable night, as he won just seven of 19 draws and recorded only two shots on goal.

3. RYAN JOHANSEN (CBJ)

The Blue Jackets' leading scorer extended his points streak to eight games with his first-period goal (4-6-10 in that stretch), and overall, played another impactful game for Columbus. He was 14-of-22 (64 percent) in the face-off circle against a Blues team that's very good on the draw.

UP NEXT
VS. WINNIPEG JETS
MONDAY, 7 P.M.
NATIONWIDE ARENA

scoring summary
1st Period
04:10
STL
Vladimir Tarasenko (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (21), Derek Roy (14)
1 - 0 STL
08:49
CBJ
Artem Anisimov (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Blake Comeau (5)
1 - 1 Tie
11:39
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin (3) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CBJ
13:27
CBJ
PPG - Ryan Johansen (12) Snap shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (15), Jack Johnson (5)
3 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
08:33
STL
PPG - Vladimir Tarasenko (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (16), Brenden Morrow (4)
3 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
13:33
STL
Chris Stewart (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brenden Morrow (5), Ian Cole (3)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
00:22
STL
David Backes (16) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
12:00
STL
Roman Polak  Broken stick
13:20
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Cole
13:20
STL
Ian Cole  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Calvert
13:20
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Nick Foligno
13:20
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
13:20
STL
Ian Cole  Roughing against  Matt Calvert
17:46
CBJ
Dalton Prout  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
17:46
STL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Dalton Prout
18:37
STL
David Backes  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ryan Johansen
2nd Period
02:52
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:19
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Slashing against  Jaden Schwartz
09:37
STL
Roman Polak  Charging against  Boone Jenner
12:27
STL
Vladimir Tarasenko  Cross checking against  Corey Tropp
14:57
CBJ
Corey Tropp  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
17:12
STL
Brenden Morrow  Tripping against  Dalton Prout
19:01
STL
Derek Roy  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
16-5-2
SA: 33TOI: 60:19
Saves: 30EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Mike McKenna
SA: 31TOI: 60:20
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1
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