Blues score three in the third vs. Columbus

Sunday, March 14, 2004

ST. LOUIS -- Brian Savage, Keith Tkachuk and Mike Sillinger scored third-period goals, rallying the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

After the Blues took a 2-0 lead on goals by Sillinger and Alexander Khavanov, the Blue Jackets came back to take the lead when Trevor Letowski scored twice and Alexander Svitov added a goal.

Tkachuk's winner came when Columbus' Todd Marchant was off for tripping. After Petr Cajanek muffed a shot, Tkachuk got the puck and scored.

Sillinger scored his second of the game at 16:36 on a two-on-one break.

The Blues tied it 3-3 when Savage poked in a rebound of Doug Weight's shot at 6:41. The Blue Jackets took the lead at 2:47.

Nikolai Zherdev flung the puck in from the top of slot toward the net, and Letowski deflected the shot in off the right post.

The Blues outshot Columbus 17-6 in the third period and 32-21 for the game.

St. Louis, which has reached the playoffs 24 consecutive years, moved one point ahead of Los Angeles in the race for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Columbus, an NHL-worst 5-23-4-2 on the road, has dropped five straight overall.

The Blues are 4-0-2 in their last six.

went 5-1 this season against Columbus. St. Louis is 9-1-1 at home versus the Blue Jackets.

St. Louis led 1-0 after the first period after Sillinger's short-handed goal, the Blues' first since Jan. 1.

Blue Jackets goalie Fred Brathwaite was hit by a long shot from Bryce Salvador. Brathwaite finished the first period but was then replaced by Marc Denis.

St. Louis went ahead 2-0 at 4:46 of the second period on Khavanov's power-play goal, the first shot against Denis.

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