NHL Game Summary - Columbus at St. Louis
(Thursday, January 15th)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Columbus 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Mark Rycroft and Eric Boguniecki scored goals just over a minute apart in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit and lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Savvis Center.
Boguniecki finished with two goals for the Blues, who won for just the second time in seven games (2-4-1). Chris Pronger and Dallas Drake also found the back of the net for St. Louis, while Keith Tkachuk notched a pair of assists.
Reinhard Divis made 23 saves in the victory. St. Louis is just 4-7-3 in its last 14 overall, with two of those victories coming against Columbus. The Blues have won all four meetings this season and six straight in the series.
"We played them tough. We compete hard every night. We just seem to fall short," said Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant about his team's struggles against St. Louis.
Nikolai Zherdev, Todd Marchant and Geoff Sanderson posted a goal and an assist each for the Blue Jackets, who completed a seven-game road trip 2-3-2. Marc Denis stopped 21 shots in defeat.
Columbus has just three wins in its last 20 games overall (3-12-3-2).
The Blues trailed 3-2 after Sanderson scored early in the third period, but Rycroft and Boguniecki found the net 67 seconds apart to put St. Louis in front.
Rycroft, trying to create a screen in front of Denis, was able to deflect a point shot by Murray Baron home for his sixth goal at the 8:43 mark.
Moments later, Petr Cajanek had the puck at the right point and took a hit from Zherdev but stayed on his feet. Cajanek then fired a pass toward the front of the net for Boguniecki, who calmly slipped a backhander past Denis for his fourth goal of the season.
"You want to be the guy to score that goal," said Boguniecki. "It feels good. Those are the games you want to be a part of."
Drake scored into an empty net for his ninth goal to seal it.
"I thought we showed some resiliency to come back like that," said Blues head coach Joel Quenneville. "We needed it."
The Blues grabbed a 1-0 lead on a power play at 7:28 of the first period. Tkachuk tried to split a pair of Columbus defenders through the right circle and lost the puck. However, Boguniecki had moved into the slot and ripped a shot past Denis for his first goal of the game.
Columbus then cashed in a power play with 6:21 left in the period to tie it. Marchant took a shot from below the right circle and Divis made the save. The rebound went to the low left circle for Zherdev, who quickly fired a shot into the empty side of the cage for his fifth goal.
The Blues had one more chance with the man-advantage late in the first and converted to again take the lead. Chris Pronger had the puck at the left point, skated in a few strides and rifled a shot that deflected off a Columbus player before going past Denis.
The Blue Jackets tied it midway through the second period on Marchant's sixth goal. Skating 4-on-4, Marchant deflected a Duvie Westcott shot through Divis' pads.
Columbus then went in front just 1:05 into the third when Sanderson snapped a wrister from the slot past Divis for his seventh goal.
The Blues finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while Columbus cashed in once on five chances with the extra skater...St. Louis improved to 11-3-1 in the last 14 meetings with Columbus.
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