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Special teams help Blues beat Mason and Blue Jackets 5-2

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ST. LOUIS - The Blues' special teams cooled off Blue Jackets rookie goalie Steve Mason, accounting for all of the goals in a 5-2 victory over Columbus on Saturday night.

Keith Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period on one of St. Louis' four power-play goals and B.J. Crombeen had short-handed for the Blues, last in the Western Conference.

The Blues won for only the third time in 13 games and ended Columbus' four-game winning streak, while beating the Blue Jackets for the fifth straight time overall although this was the first of six meetings this season.

Mason's run of three straight shutouts, a franchise record, ended when he allowed a first-period goal in a 6-1 victory at Colorado on Friday night. He was back in the net a day later with a gaudy 1.65 goals-against average and only one start in his last 11 allowing more than two goals, but the magic was gone.

Fredrik Modin had a goal and an assist and Rick Nash had two assists for the Blue Jackets, held to 22 shots after averaging 29 during the winning streak.

Manny Legace had a fairly easy night in goal for the Blues and is 18-4-1 against Columbus, including a nine-game winning streak. The Blues also played on consecutive nights, but alternated goalies after Chris Mason was in net for a 2-1 loss at Carolina on Friday.

Brad Winchester, T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen also scored power-play goals for the Blues, 4-for-9 overall after entering fifth-best in the NHL at home. The Blues scored twice in the opening 5:41 and responded after the Blue Jackets tied it later in the first period.

Tkachuk tapped a rebound between Mason's pads on a power play to put the Blues ahead at 6:39 of the second, characterized by tighter defence with only seven shots between the teams. All but four of Tkachuk's 14 goals have come on the power play, tying him for the team lead with Brad Boyes.

The Blues led 2-0 and had outshot Columbus 10-0 after Crombeen's short-handed goal at 5:41 of the first period, also getting Winchester's sixth goal of the season on an early power play. The first goal ended a run of 25 straight penalty kills by the Blue Jackets, including six on Friday at Colorado.

A giveaway by Barret Jackman on a clearing attempt up the middle led to the Blue Jackets' first two shots, and a goal by Mike Commodore at 7:03. Modin tapped in his own rebound from the side of the net just over five minutes later for his first goal in nine games and ninth overall, ending a flurry of seven straight shots by Columbus.

Notes: Blues forward David Backes drew a game misconduct with about five minutes left in the first after cross-checking Kristian Huselius in the mouth. Huselius was hit after stopping just short of a check only seconds after Backes and Jackman sandwiched Nash on an open-ice hit. ... Tkachuk has 87 power-play goals with the Blues in parts of eight seasons, passing Garry Unger for fourth on the franchise career list. ... Nash has 10 points, eight assists, in the last five games.

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