COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Johnson came through with offense just when the
St. Louis Blues needed it the most.
Johnson scored the game-winning goal with 3:44 left, and Doug Weight added a
goal and an assist to lead the Blues past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Monday
"Thankfully all their players were kind of all going the other way,"
Johnson said of his second goal of the season. "Honestly, I was trying to put
it to the net."
Johnson benefited from a giveaway by Columbus' Rick Nash, the NHL's leading
goal scorer with 23 goals. Nash passed from the half boards in his own end to
the middle of the ice and Johnson intercepted it.
"That was a huge goal on a nice individual effort by RJ," coach Joel
Quenneville said. "Right now we're a little thin offensively, so it's nice to
see guys who don't score often make a nice play like that."
Johnson's shot was a hard one from the left dot that beat Marc Denis high on
the glove side.
"I have a tendency to shoot high quite a bit," Johnson said with a
chuckle. "The coaches are on me about that."
Keith Tkachuk also had a goal for the Blues, playing the first of 16 games
in 34 days.
St. Louis was winless in four (0-2-2). Columbus lost its fifth in a row at
"Nobody is pointing fingers, nobody is getting down on one another," said
Todd Marchant, who had a goal for the Blue Jackets. "We're just trying to get
out of it together as a group."
Geoff Sanderson also scored for Columbus.
Blue Jackets coach Doug MacLean did not meet with reporters after the game.
Blues goaltender Chris Osgood was injured early in the game after being
struck in the leg by a puck shot by teammate Bryce Salvador and falling
awkwardly. Osgood sprawled on the ice as the Blues scrambled to control the
puck in the final seconds of a Columbus power play.
Osgood was helped off and replaced by Brent Johnson, who finished with 22
Quenneville said the puck deadened a nerve in Osgood's leg. Osgood was
hobbling around the locker room after the game.
The teams traded power-play goals in the first period.
Sanderson flipped in his sixth goal from the left hash mark off a pass from
Russian rookie Nikolai Zherdev. The Blues countered with a soft goal given up
by Denis. Weight skated from the far blue line and threw a backhander from the
right dot that trickled through Denis' pads.
"I just tried to get down and get something on the net to get a faceoff
down there and kind of calm everybody down," said Weight, who was cut in the
mouth by a high stick earlier in the game and was bleeding for the rest of the
game. "We had about 10 seconds left (in the power play) and fortunately it
The Blues took the lead midway through the second period when Blue Jackets
nemesis Tkachuk scored on a perfect pass from Weight. Weight whistled a
centering pass from behind the goal line, and Tkachuk simply put his stick on
the ice and deflected in his 17th goal.
Just 13 days earlier, Tkachuk scored with 43 seconds left in overtime to
give the Blues a 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Columbus tied it 2-2 at 3:31 of the third when Marchant scored his fourth
off a centering pass from David Vyborny. Then the Blues' defense took over.
"In the third we absolutely tic-tac-toed it around and dominated," Weight