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Blues edge Jackets in shootout

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The St. Louis kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Monday night.

Andy McDonald scored two goals and added another in a shootout in the St. Louis Blues' 5-4 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scottrade Center.

The Blues scored three times on four shots against Steve Mason in the shootout with Alex Steen getting the deciding tally.

Ben Bishop allowed one goal on 20 shots after relieving Ty Conklin midway through the first period with St. Louis trailing 3-1. Bishop, who played for Chaminade College Prep in suburban St. Louis, was the Blues' third-round pick in 2005.

"It was awesome. The fans continue to support us even though we are where we are," said the 24-year-old Bishop. "It was one of the most fun times I've had, winning a shootout in front of that crowd."

St. Louis won for only the second time in nine games and avoiding dropping below .500 for the first time all season, and sent the Blue Jackets to their fifth straight loss.

Jakub Voracek had a goal and assist for Columbus, and Rick Nash had two assists.

"I wasn't very good in the shootout," Mason said. "Anything but a win is a step backward for us right now."

Bishop stopped Antoine Vermette to clinch the shootout after allowing goals to Nash, who scored with a forehand after getting the goalie out of position with a backhand fake, and Kyle Wilson.

"I'm not really familiar with any of these guys," Bishop said. "I knew Nash was going to do something crazy, but other than that I didn't really know much."

Patrik Berglund added a goal and an assist for the Blues, who totaled four goals the previous four games. David Backes had two assists, ending a five-game point drought.

The game settled down considerably after a wide-open first period that featured two fights in the first two minutes. Conklin was yanked after allowing three goals on eight shots, by Voracek, Matt Calvert and Fedor Tyutin, and with St. Louis trailing 3-1 midway through the period.

"We knew it was going to start that way," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "It's two teams that don't like each other a lot. Usually, they're pretty spirited games."

McDonald and T.J. Oshie scored power-play goals in a span of 1:15 to tie it and Columbus didn't get off a shot against Bishop the rest of the period.

The Blues made it three in a row on McDonald's second of the game and 16th overall at 6:53 of the third when he doubled back on a wraparound and tucked the puck in. Derek MacKenzie nudged the puck over the line on Nash's backhand on a 2-on-1 break to tie it at 10:28.

"Obviously we didn't expect six goals to be scored after the first," Mason said. "But we worked hard and did a lot of good things."

The Blues honored four players who starred for the franchise wearing No. 7 in a pre-game ceremony for the 34th straight home sellout.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

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