Blues continue hot stretch on road with 5-1 victory against Blue Jackets

Sunday, March 14, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists and the St. Louis Blues scored three times in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night.

David Backes, David Perron, Alexander Steen and B.J. Crombeen added goals for the Blues, who have won seven of eight. They came into the game in 10th place in the Western Conference, six points behind eighth-place Calgary.

Chris Mason lost his shutout with just less than 6 minutes left when Jake Voracek scored on a jam shot off a pass from Derick Brassard.

The Blues were 2 of 4 on the power play.

Mason finished with 24 saves.

Columbus trailed 4-1 and had a man advantage for four minutes late in the game. The Blue Jackets pulled goalie Steve Mason for the extra attacker, but Crombeen notched his sixth on a short-handed empty-netter.

The Blues took control with three second-period goals.

McDonald carried the puck from the short boards on the left wing all the way behind the net and then curled to the high slot before wristing a hard shot for his 21st.

Just 1:39 after McDonald's tally, Backes came down the right wing on a 3-on-1 rush and rocketed a shot for his 15th.

With a minute left in the period, from almost the same spot, Perron took a pass from Steen and put the puck above Mason's catcher for his 17th.

The Blues outshot the Blue Jackets 18-6 in the period.

-- The Associated Press

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