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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 game-winner.

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.

Game Notes

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


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