NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Columbus|
(Monday, November 30th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, St. Louis 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - R.J. Umberger posted his second career hat
trick, including the game-winning goal early in the third period, and added an
assist, as the Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a rare win over the St. Louis
Blues, 5-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Kris Russell added a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who had lost
eight of their last nine to division rival St. Louis. Steve Mason stopped 27
shots, as Columbus snapped a five-game slide overall -- the worst of its
"We talked before the game that we had to win the battles in front of both
nets," Umberger said. "They think that they can out-beat us there, so maybe we
took that a little personal...If I want to be successful, I have to be at that
net, and you just have to drive hard."
Erik Johnson and Paul Kariya scored for St. Louis, which had earned at least
one point in each of its last five road games (3-0-2). Chris Mason allowed
three goals on 25 shots to take the loss.
After the Blue Jackets squandered a 2-0 lead, they scored early in the third
to take a 3-2 advantage.
Derick Brassard was streaking down the right side of the ice on a rush, and
although he was blanketed by a defenseman, he managed to send a pass across to
Umberger, who was in the slot and fired a shot past Chris Mason at 5:20 for
the go-ahead tally.
St. Louis struggled to put together a consistent offensive attack, marred by a
pair of penalties near the midpoint of the period. With the Blues' net empty
in the game's latter stages, Antoine Vermette netted his seventh goal of the
season with 35 seconds left to seal the win.
Umberger scored another empty-net goal to get his third of the night with 19
seconds on the clock.
"We know (Columbus is) going to come out hard (in the third period)," Chris
Mason said. "If you're not ready for it, that's what happens."
Columbus jumped on top early with two goals in the first 4:13. Russell opened
the scoring with a wrister from the edge of the slot that beat Chris Mason
stick side in the top left corner of the net at 2:04. Just over two minutes
later, Umberger deflected a Jakub Voracek pass to the lower left portion of
the net for a 2-0 lead.
Before the first period ended, St. Louis cut its deficit in half on Johnson's
laser-beam from the left point that deflected off a Columbus player and into
the net with 10 seconds left on the clock.
The Blues tied the game in the second period. T.J. Oshie originally missed the
net from in close, sparking a Columbus odd-man rush. After a save by Chris
Mason, St. Louis embarked on a two-on-one rush with Kariya and Oshie, and
Kariya one-timed a pass from Oshie in close for a 2-2 game with 10:22 left.
Chris Mason made seven total saves in the middle frame, and the game headed to
the third tied, 2-2.
The Blue Jackets haven't lost six straight since an eight-game slide from
November 10-24, 2006...St. Louis won five of six against Columbus last
season...David Backes' three-game goal streak came to an end for the
Blues...Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla was helped off the ice in the
first period with an apparent left knee injury after taking a hit from Blues
defenseman Barret Jackman...Umberger's first hat trick came on December 11,
2007 against Pittsburgh.
11/30 23:55:39 ET