NHL Game Summary - Columbus at St. Louis
(Tuesday, January 12th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Columbus 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen scored a pair of goals, as the St. Louis Blues continued their recent home dominance over the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 4-1 victory at Scottrade Center.
Jay McClement had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who have won eight straight games at home versus the Blue Jackets. B.J. Crombeen scored the other goal for St. Louis, which has won two in a row following a seven-game skid.
Chris Mason made 26 saves for the victors.
"I thought we did a good job of closing out. We made sure pucks got deep," Steen said.
Fedor Tyutin scored the lone goal for Columbus, which hasn't won in the Gateway City since March 27, 2007 and has been outscored 33-11 over their eight-game slide there.
Mathieu Garon was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots. Steve Mason stopped all 13 shots that he faced in relief for the Blue Jackets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Blues scored three goals in a physical first period to take control early. Crombeen got the St. Louis offense going by scoring 1:54 into the frame. McClement stole the disc in the Columbus zone and fired a quick shot on net, and Crombeen was there to knock home the rebound.
Steen's power-play goal with 3:46 left made it a 2-0 game. A Carlo Colaiacovo pass set up Steen's one-timer from the right point. McClement put home a rebound just 42 seconds later to make it a three-goal contest.
The Blue Jackets had eight penalties for 36 minutes in the first, while the Blues committed seven penalties for 34 minutes.
Columbus scored a power-play goal 5:38 into the second to cut the gap to 3-1 as Tyutin's shot from the left circle got past Chris Mason.
Steen scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of regulation to seal the victory.
"We had some good spurts," Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash said. "The first period is what killed us. They are a team that plays well at home."
The Blue Jackets had a total of nine penalties for 38 minutes. St. Louis committed 11 penalties for 42 minutes...The Blues started a three-game homestand on Tuesday...St. Louis snapped a five-game skid as the host to improve to 7-14-3 at home this season.
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