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Fourth line lifts Blues to win against Blue Jackets

Upshall, Brodziak, Jaskin combine for two goals, five assists; St. Louis extends point streak

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues got a big boost from their fourth line Saturday.

Scottie Upshall, Kyle Brodziak and Dmitrij Jaskin combined for seven points in a 4-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scottrade Center.

 

[WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Blues highlights]

 

"It was nice to chip in offensively," said Upshall, who had a goal and two assists. "I like just the way our line's been used and just been relied on lately for added minutes and good offensive-zone minutes. It helps our group when we can play like that."

Video: CBJ@STL: Upshall has puck go in off skate

Jaskin had two assists, and Brodziak had a goal and an assist to help St. Louis (9-2-1) extend its point streak to six games (5-0-1) and remain undefeated at home (4-0-0).

Jake Allen made 36 saves, defenseman Joel Edmundson had a goal and an assist, and Vladimir Sobotka scored for the Blues, who have won 11 in a row in the second game of a back-to-back dating to last season.

Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets (7-4-0), who lost for the first time in three games. Joonas Korpisalo made 38 saves.

"Both teams came in on a back-to-back," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "They played better early on and grabbed momentum right away, and they get the lead. It's tough against a veteran team like that in your back end. It's tough to come back when you're down by a couple.

"I felt we put in some good minutes. I thought we didn't have a lot of puck luck where I thought we were getting closer. Allen made some key saves, some of them I don't even think he saw the puck, but the team that won tonight deserved to win."

Video: CBJ@STL: Sobotka slips home rebound

The Blues outshot the Blue Jackets 15-8 in the first period, and Sobotka followed up Colton Parayko's slap shot from the slot and knocked in the rebound with 33.2 seconds remaining for a 1-0 lead.

Upshall gave the Blues a 2-0 lead at 6:31 of the second when Edmundson's shot from the left face-off circle caromed off Upshall's skate in the crease and got past Korpisalo.

Edmundson put the Blues ahead 3-0 off a 2-on-1 with Jaskin at 1:29 of the third period. Edmundson looked off Jaskin and beat Korpisalo short side.

"I was thinking pass most of the time," Edmundson said. "I thought the defenseman did a good job taking him away, but when I looked up, I saw there was lots of blocker side open. I just pretty much put my head down and shot."

Calvert ended Allen's shutout when he scored from the right circle at 6:21 to make it 3-1.

Brodziak made it 4-1 at 13:23 by crashing the net following up his own rebound after Jaskin hit the post.

Video: CBJ@STL: Brodziak taps rebound past Korpisalo

 

Goal of the game

Edmundson's goal at 1:29 of the third period.

Video: CBJ@STL: Edmundson buries top-shelf wrist shot

 

Save of the game

Allen stopping Cam Atkinson at 8:28 of the second period.

Video: CBJ@STL: Allen sprawls to deny Atkinson's chance

 

Highlight of the game

Oliver Bjorkstrand's pass to set up Calvert's goal at 6:21 of the third period.

Video: CBJ@STL: Calvert pots Bjorkstrand's excellent feed

 

They said it

"They had so many scoring chances. I don't even want to know the number. I'm sure we will find out, but they play good and they're a good team and they play fast. They generate a lot of scoring chances, and I thought we had a lot of scoring chances, but we couldn't find a way to bury them." -- Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky

 

"We needed them to feel that type of game for us. The team that we were playing, they can really take you off your game and disrupt you and make things awfully frustrating for you. And I thought that everyone, and in particular those (fourth-line) guys did a nice job of not letting them get to their game and we redid that by getting in on the forecheck by playing in the offensive zone." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo

 

"It's one of those nights. We're getting pucks to the net and they were finding their way in." -- Blues center Kyle Brodziak on the fourth line's production

 

Need to know

The Blue Jackets were 0-for-2 on the power play and are 0-for-13 on the road this season. ... The Blues are the only NHL team that is undefeated at home after the Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Saturday. ... It was Upshall's first three-point game since Nov. 8, 2014, when he had two goals and an assist for the Florida Panthers against the Calgary Flames.

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the Boston Bruins on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-O, NESN, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-W, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Edmundson, Blues outscore Blue Jackets, 4-1

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