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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Columbus



(Monday, January 18th)

Final Score: Columbus 4, St. Louis 2

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Raffi Torres scored a pair of goals, as the Columbus Blue Jackets took down the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, at Nationwide Arena.

Rick Nash and Chris Clark also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a three-game skid. Mathieu Garon made 30 saves for the victors.

"They really come at you the first 10 minutes and we haven't been able to survive the first 10 minutes. We've really dug ourselves a hole. I thought we got better and better as the game went on. I thought we really managed the game properly. We had a lot of solid line play today," Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya each scored for the Blues, who had a four-game winning streak come to an end. Chris Mason turned aside 26-of-30 shots in defeat.

The Blues scored a power-play goal just 1:11 into the first period. Kariya's slapper from the point made its way through traffic in front and got past Garon.

Torres deadlocked the tilt with a score at the 4:21 mark. Torres took a perfect pass from Kris Russell and made a nifty move around a defender before firing a wrister from between the circles.

With 8:15 remaining, Torres scored again to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 edge. Derick Brassard controlled the disc behind the net and made a nice move around a defender to get to the right circle. Brassard slid a pass in front for Torres, who chipped the disc into the back of the net.

St. Louis tied things up at two just 3:44 into the second. Tkachuk charged in on net from the right side and snuck the puck under the pads of Garon.

Nash's power-play goal just 36 seconds later put Columbus back on top, 3-2. Nash fired a wrister from the bottom of the right circle that beat Mason.

A scramble for the disc in front of the net ended with Clark's tip-in, making it 4-2 in favor of the Blue Jackets at the 1:25 mark of the third.

Garon stopped all eight shots he faced in the third to secure the victory for Columbus.

"Early on it looked like the puck was falling toward us all over the place. It's going to happen sometimes and it just happened to work against us tonight," Mason said.

Game Notes

The Blue Jackets lead the season series with the Blues, 2-1. The Blues have taken nine of 12 overall in the series, but Columbus has taken three of four and seven of 10 on home ice...The Blue Jackets placed forward Fredrik Modin on injured reserve and activated defenseman Marc Methot on Monday.

01/18 22:50:02 ET


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