NHL Game Summary - Columbus at St. Louis |
(Monday, March 13th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Christian Backman scored the game-winning
goal in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues past the Columbus Blue Jackets,
3-2, at the Savvis Center.
Scott Young and Mike Glumac scored a goal apiece and Jay McClement assisted on
all three goals for the Blues, who have won three of their last five games.
Curtis Sanford, who left due to a strained left knee, made 14 stops before
being replaced by Patrick Lalime in the second period. Lalime also finished
with 14 saves.
Rick Nash and Jason Chimera tallied a goal apiece and Pascal Leclaire made 28
stops for the Blue Jackets, who had a modest two-game winning streak snapped.
After a scoreless third period forced overtime, St. Louis scored the game-
winner with 1:11 remaining in the extra frame. Keith Tkachuk threw a shot on
goal and Leclaire made a pad save, but the rebound kicked out in the slot.
Meanwhile, Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla hauled down McClement in
crease, which impeded Leclaire from securing the far post. Backman got the
loose puck in the slot and pumped a backhander into the gaping net for the
After a review to see if Leclaire was the victim of goaltender interference,
it was ruled a goal.
"We've been hard to beat lately," Backman said. "We've been playing well
defensively with good goaltending. They were waiting for the outcome of the
review before we realized they were looking at both goals."
The Blue Jackets had a chance to end the game earlier in overtime after a shot
by Federov from below the left circle caromed off the post.
Columbus drew first blood 12:09 into the first period after Nash redirected a
pass from Sergei Fedorov in the slot past Sanford.
St. Louis tied the game 10:23 into the second period while on the power play
as Young beat Leclaire glove side with a wrist shot from the top of the left
circle to make it 1-1.
The Blues took their first lead of the contest 2 1/2 minutes later while on
the man advantage after Glumac one-timed a loose puck past Leclaire top shelf
from on the doorstep for a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Jackets netted the equalizer with 2:39 left in the middle frame as
Chimera one-timed a shot past Lalime from on the doorstep after a pass from
Trevor Letowski from the left circle to make it 2-2.
It was the first loss of the season in overtime for the Blue Jackets. They
have also lost twice in the shootout...Columbus and St. Louis have split six
meetings so far this season. However, the Blue Jackets have lost six of their
last seven in the Gateway City...The Blues have gone 4-1-2 since the Olympic
break...Blues winger Dean McAmmond finished with two assists.
03/13 23:08:52 ET