COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Blues scored three times in the opening period and they held on to top the Blue Jackets, 4-1.
Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each lit the lamp in the first frame for St. Louis (6-and-1).
“We didn’t come out and play hard enough. That’s been the theme the whole year so far. We’ve got to come out with some fire, some passion. We didn’t do it again tonight,” center Brandon Dubinsky said.
“I don’t know what’s going on inside our players’ heads as far as what their goals or objectives are to get themselves into the game…They’re professionals. This is what they have to do,” said coach Todd Richards.
David Backes added an empty-netter late in the game.
Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots in the win.
Derick Brassard scored the lone goal for Columbus.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals, while Steve Mason shut out the Blues on 13 attempts for the Blue Jackets (2-5-1).